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:
, 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.
, Hess EP, Alreesi A, Perry JJ, Wells GA, Stiell IG. External Validation of the San Francisco Syncope Rule in the Canadian Setting. Ann Emerg Med. 2010; 55: 464-472.
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