Dr. Ezra Amsterdam from the University of California (Davis) School of Medicine moderated the topic "Identification and Management of Low Risk Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Pain" with Drs. Allan Jaffe from the Mayo Clinic and Michael Farkouh from Mount Sinai Medical Center participating.
The discussion focused primarily on:
(1) immediate recognition of low risk patients on presentation,
(2) further risk stratification by selected testing methods,
(3) chest pain units and accelerated diagnostic protocols, and
(4) decision to discharge directly from the emergency department with outpatient follow-up.