Chest Pain Assessment

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1h 30m
Updated 28 Feb 2024 Certificate ANCC Accredited

This Ausmed Course provides a best-practice, step-by-step guide to conducting a chest pain assessment: from question-taking strategies, all the way through to treatment options for common differential diagnoses. The content of this course is geared towards audiences working in prehospital and emergency department settings.

Content

8 Video Units • 15 Questions
Pre-reflection
1 Question
Introduction
4m
Pretest
3 Questions
Chest Pain Overview
2 Questions
11m
Signs and Symptoms
2 Questions
16m
Diagnostic Assessment
2 Questions
14m
Differential Diagnosis
2 Questions
10m
Management of Cardiac Pain
1 Question
11m
Management of Non-Cardiac Pain
1 Question
7m
Conclusion
4m
Post-reflection
1 Question

What you'll learn:

1

Explain the critical role of chest pain assessments in practice.

2

Differentiate between the various types of chest pain and their indicated causes.

3

Understand how to conduct a safe, efficient and thorough chest pain assessment.

4

Identify and understand key presentations of chest pain and their degree of urgency.

5

Confidently apply best-practice management strategies in events of either cardiac or non-cardiac chest pain.

Who it's for:

This Ausmed Course is intended for paramedics, nurses and those looking to increase or update their knowledge about the assessment of a patient presenting with chest pain.

Why it's needed:

Every year, over 500,000 people present to emergency departments in Australia with signs and symptoms indicative of a possible heart attack. Though over 80% of these people presenting with chest pain are ultimately not experiencing acute coronary syndromes (ACS), a thorough chest pain assessment is necessary in all of these cases.

With this in mind, education providing an up-to-date and optimised approach to conducting chest pain assessments is essential in order to combat the considerable time and resources these assessments take within our already strained healthcare system.

Purpose

The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to update learners’ knowledge of best-practice care of a person experiencing chest pain, help learners recognise the difference between chest pain of a cardiac nature and of other causes, and inform learners of current best-practice management options for the different origins of chest pain.

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Last updated28 Feb 2024

Published28 Jan 2023

Due for review27 Feb 2025
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This course has been published with the American Nurses Credentialing Center Accreditation.
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