This book provides a road map for the efficient and successful management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the short stay unit. It describes the problem, defines the measures of successful treatment, elucidates interventions, and supplies the tools for achieving quality care. Organized in four parts, it covers the impact of AF on patient populations; the presentation and management of AF; the transition to the outpatient environment; and systems management. Topics include the economic consequences of AF; cardioversion and cardiac implantable electronic devices in AF management; education of the AF patient and discharge planning; and quality metrics in AF. The book also provides order sheets and process criteria with which institutions can successfully manage the AF patient in the short stay unit, thus optimizing patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and operational efficiencies. Short Stay Management of Atrial Fibrillation is a valuable resource for cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, electrophysiologists, and other healthcare professionals involved in AF management.
Part 1: IMPACT OF THE DISEASE.- Chapter 1: Atrial fibrillation: epidemiology and demographics.- Chapter 2: Pathophysiology Of Atrial Fibrillation And Clinical Correlations.- Chapter 3: The Economic Impact of Atrial Fibrillation in the US.- Part 2: PRESENTATION AND MANAGEMENT.- Chapter 4: Emergency Medical Services and Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 5: Symptoms in Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 6: Stroke and Other Complications of Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 7: Rate Control in Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 8: Diagnostic Testing in the Emergency Department of Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 9: Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation in the Emergency Department Observation Unit.- Chapter 10: Cardioversion and Acute Atrial Fibrillation Management.- Chapter 11: Procedural Sedation For Atrial Fibrillation Patients.- Chapter 12: Risk Stratification in Atrial Fibrillation and Observation Unit Entry.- Chapter 13: Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in the Short Stay Management of Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 14: Pitfalls in the Acute Management of Atrial Fibrillation.- Part 3: TRANSITION TO THE OUTPATIENT ENVIRONMENT.- Chapter 15: Education of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient in the Observation Unit.- Chapter 16: Discharge criteria.- Chapter 17: AF Discharge Planning.- Chapter 18: Outpatient Medications in Atrial Fibrillation.- Part 4 - SYSTEM MANAGEMENT.- Chapter 19: Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation.- Chapter 20: Quality Metrics in Atrial Fibrillation.- Chapter 21: Atrial Fibrillation Research in the Observation Unit and the Emergency Department.- Chapter 22: Atrial Fibrillation Protocols.