The Department of Health with South West Healthcare Warrnambool support have engaged on a six month pilot study followed by evaluation to trial Point of Care Troponin ( POCT) testing in emergency departments or urgent care centres in seven health services. Heywood, Portland, Moyne, Warrnambool, Camperdown, Terang and Timboon are the pilot sites.
POCT testing hopes to improve outcomes for patients by:
- Faster results
- Faster treatment
- Better patient flow
The overall aim is to introduce an acute coronary syndrome pathway to Southwest Victoria and evaluate its impact by improving access to evidence-based acute and follow-up cardiac care through the provision of:
- Agreed clinical pathway for chest pain
- Introduce POCT testing
- Improved access to a specialist cardiology advice line
- Education for medical and nursing staff
- Adherence to cardiac guidelines
- Cardiac nurse facilitator
Project Lead: Dr. Tim Baker
Project Coordination: Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical network. Dr. Phil Tideman as Clinical Director and Rosy Tirimacco as the Network Operations and Research Manager.
Clinical Support: Geelong Hospital Cardiology Dr. Sandy Black.
Project Support: Victorian Cardiac Clinical Network
Margaret Bull. Cardiac Clinical Facilitator