TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Schünemann, Holger J.; Akl, Elie
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
14590720

 

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