Study Suggests ICU Care May Be Overutilized in Stable STEMI Patients
by Fahad Alkhalfan, MD for Cardiology Now
Jay S. Shavadia, MD is a 2018 CRTP Graduate
A study led by Dr. Jay S. Shavadia published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions showed that although more than 80% of stable patients with an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) were treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), the risk of developing a complication requiring ICU care was around 16%. These findings suggest that implementing a risk-based triage strategy could be a better alternative to the current strategy where patients with STEMI are typically admitted to the ICU.
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