What We Do
The strategic vision of our program is to improve care of syncope and presyncope by reducing morbidity and mortality using robust risk-stratification. The overall objective of this program is to optimize management of syncope, particularly those at low-risk, in the Emergency Department (ED), at home, and by emergency medical services (EMS). We hope to improve the safety and efficiency of ED management for patients with possible NSTEMI (non-ST elevation myocardial infarction) through optimal use of the contemporary cardiac troponin I (TnI) assay. Important implications of our research include reduction in health care costs through standardization of care and potential for out-of-hospital live cardiac monitoring of at-risk patients.
Top 5 Publications:
; Kwong K; Wells GA, Sivilotti MLA, Mukarram MA, Rowe BH, Lang E, Perry JJ, Sheldon R, Stiell IG, Taljaard M. Development of the Canadian Syncope Risk Score to predict serious adverse events after emergency department assessment of syncope. CMAJ. 2016 Sep 6;188(12):E289-98.
, Wells GA, Vaidyanathan A, Mukarram M, Taljaard M, Stiell IG. Outcomes in Pre-Syncope Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study. Annals Emergency Medicine September 2014. Published online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.07.452
, Wells GA, Hess EP, Turko E, Perry JJ, Stiell IG. Derivation of a Risk Scale and Quantification of Risk Factors for Short-term Serious Adverse Events in Adult Emergency Department Syncope Patients by Health Records Review. CJEM. 2013;15(0):1-11.
, Hess EP, Turko E, Tran M, Wells GA, Stiell IG. Defining Abnormal Electrocardiography in Adult Emergency Department Syncope Patients – the Ottawa Electrocardiographic Criteria. CJEM 2012;Jul;14(4):248-258.
Sun B, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V
, Dela Cruz J. Standardized Reporting Guidelines for Emergency Department Syncope Risk Stratification Research. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2012;19:694-702.
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