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New software to treat patients suffering from heart attack

08-12-2010 09:02 BJT

SYDNEY, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The National Heart Foundation of Australia on Wednesday demonstrated new computer software which aims to help health professionals diagnose, risk assess and manage patients suffering from heart attack and unstable angina.

A prototype of an Acute Coronary Syndromes Electronic Decision Support Instrument (ACSEDSI) has been demonstrated in South Australia at the Adelaide Convention Center.

Chief Medical Adviser for the Heart Foundation, Professor James Tatoulis said when people present with the warning signs of heart attack, having the patient's information including their blood test and heart trace results made readily available in real time, was critical to limiting heart damage and saving lives.

"In addition, this information needs to be aligned with evidence-based clinical guideline recommendations to ensure good decisions are made in a time critical manner which is what this prototype aims to achieve," he said.

The Heart Foundation is undertaking the project in collaboration with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group (Flinders Medical Center) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand ( CSANZ).

The chairperson for the collaborative steering committee overseeing this project, Professor Derek Chew, said, "This software will assist emergency physicians, cardiologists, nurses and general practitioners including those working in hospital emergency departments, coronary care units and smaller rural hospitals to deliver the best quality care."

"We now plan to further validate the use of the tool in real world settings. Eventually, we hope that such software will be made widely available to hospitals in both urban and rural areas and contribute to a reduction in the disparities in care often seen between these settings," he said.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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