Direct Admission to Cardiology for Patients Hospitalized for Atrial Fibrillation Reduces Length of Stay and Increases Guideline Adherence
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 171, Number 6, June 2006 , pp. 567-571(5)
Abstract:Objective: We hypothesized that a clinical pathway for inpatient management of atrial fibrillation on a cardiology service would result in improved resource utilization. Methods: In July 2002, an evidence-based pathway was developed for treatment of patients hospitalized for atrial fibrillation. Guidelines directed patient care from admission from the emergency department to inpatient management on a cardiology service. Ancillary testing, anticoagulation, and inpatient length of stay were then compared before and after institution of the pathway. Results: The overall length of stay was significantly shorter for patients admitted through the pathway (43.0 hours vs. 82.0 hours, p < 0.01). After the pathway, there was increased use of transesophageal echocardiography and a trend toward increased use of warfarin. Conclusions: Patients requiring hospitalization for symptomatic atrial fibrillation had a nearly 50% reduction in length of stay, with a trend toward increased utilization of risk-appropriate antithrombotic therapy, if they were directly admitted through cardiology via a clinical pathway.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2006-06-01
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