Hospital and Telephone Triage

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Debrief - Chest pain

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Chest Pain Assessment and Red Flags

Understanding Chest Pain

Chest pain can indicate a range of conditions from musculoskeletal issues to serious cardiac or lung problems. Acting swiftly and assessing for red flags is crucial.

Key Points to Assess

  • Pulse: Check for regularity or irregularity.
  • Nature of Pain: Determine what exacerbates or alleviates the pain.
  • Additional Symptoms: Assess for shortness of breath, clamminess, sweating, and nausea.

Identifying Serious Issues

If there is suspicion of a cardiac issue:

  • Immediate ECG (Electrocardiogram): A heart tracing should be performed urgently.
  • Transfer to A&E: Move the patient to Accident and Emergency for further assessment.