The South Australian study also found that shorter time gaps between assessments led to a reduced likelihood of hospital admission. More than 3000 patients participated in the study at four metropolitan hospitals in Adelaide, South Australia between August 2015 and 2019. The RAPID-TnT trial focused on a more sensitive cardiac blood test for the protein called Troponin T, paired with a faster testing protocol. Elevated Troponin T levels indicate damage to the heart and heart attack. Patients with chest pain have traditionally been required to undergo long periods of observation in emergency departments before being deemed safe for discharge. The new study divided patients presenting to ED with chest pains into two groups: one which underwent RAPID-TnT (Rapid Assessment of Possible ACS In the emergency Department with high sensitivity Troponin T) testing one hour after their initial test and a second group that waited three-hours between tests, in line […]