Rapid measurement of B-type natriuretic peptides reduced time to discharge and treatment costs in patients with acute dyspnea

Schünemann, Holger J.; Akl, Elie
September 2004
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p35
Academic Journal
This article focuses on treatment methods for curing acute dyspnea. In patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with acute dyspnea, a diagnostic strategy guided by rapid measurement of B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels reduce time to discharge and total treatment cost. 452 patients (mean age 71 y, 58% men) who presented to the ED with a primary symptom of acute dyspnea and no obvious traumatic cause for dyspnea. Patients in the BNP group had a shorter time to discharge and lower total treatment costs than did the usual-care group.


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