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RUNNING HEAD: CHEST PAIN PROTOCOL 1 Identifying A Research Topic: Chest Pain Walden University Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice The nursing profession has always driven by the care that can be given to individuals who need it the most. Some traditions are tried and true, however, there are some aspects that continue to change and morph the way that medical providers see and treat patients. Evidence- based practice (EBP) helps drive that care towards the greater good of the general population’s health. Improving care is one of the biggest priorities of all departments across the medical field. For my topic, I chose how emergency department (ED) nurses see and assess chest pain as it is presented in the ED. From determining if the patient is currently having a myocardial infarction (MI) to simple indigestion, the nursing staff is on the front lines of cardiac tissue preservation. “Anywhere from 2-8% of the patient that presents with symptoms of the acute
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2 coronary syndrome (ACS), are misdiagnosed and discharged home inappropriately, thereby increasing mortality rates” (Bunch, Leasure, Carithers, Burrnette, & Berryman, para 3, 2016). Nursing staff are placed on the front lines of ED care and have the ability to implement protocols as they see fit. Chest pain, is one of the most common causes of ED presentation, accounting for 5-6 % of all ED visits in the United States (Asher, Reuveni, Sholomo, Gerber, Beigel, Narodetski, Eldar, Or, Hod, Shamiss, & Matetzky, para 1, 2015). While the current national
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