ACS assessment tools released by ACP

ACS event assessment tools released by ACP

In an effort to better the lives of patients in the first year after an initial acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a pair of evidence-based interventions and two videos for clinicians and patients to heed.

The Initiative on Acute Coronary Syndrome will ideally bring communication issues between providers and their ACS clientele to head and then hopefully to rest. The materials included in the ACP initiative include a patient guide, a clinician support tool and a set of corresponding videos.

“These easy-to-understand, straightforward materials in multiple formats will facilitate communication between clinicians and patients, helping to prevent instances of and improve treatment of heart attack and unstable angina,” said David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, president of the ACP, in a news release.

The patient guide, entitled Keeping Your Heart Healthy: What You and Your Family Should Do,” was outlined by the ACP as such: This reader-friendly educational guide is designed to enhance patient-clinician communication by helping patients and caregivers talk to the physician and other members of the healthcare team and encouraging them to ask questions. The guide includes information to help patients maintain a healthy heart with sections on lifestyle modifications, medications and supplements, and recovery issues, such as when to go back to work and when normal activities can be resumed. Color-coded sections further emphasize necessary actions such as when to call 911 (red) or the doctor (yellow).

Meanwhile, the clinician support tool (Practice Guide for the Post Acute Coronary Syndrome Hospitalization Office Visit”) allows for physicians to cover all bases in that first office visit post-discharge by reminding the provider of important assessment benchmarks.

“By working with experts in clinical practice, health care quality and patient advocacy to develop interventions that close gaps in understanding and communication, ACP has developed interventions to improve patient comprehension and management of ACS,” added Doron Schneider, MD, FACP, chief safety and quality officer, Abington Health System and a member of the initiative’s National Steering Committee, in a prepared statement. “Improved patient understanding coupled with evidence-based practice is essential to better health outcomes.”

Developers of the supplements include professionals from the ACP, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American College of Cardiology, the American Pharmacists Association, The Joint Commission, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Find out more about the materials here.