Effective relief of acute coronary syndrome
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Effective relief of acute coronary syndrome

Nick Castle Consultant nurse in resuscitation and emergency care, Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey

There is no ideal agent when providing cardiac pain relief, says NICK CASTLE, but the early use of opiates, beta blockers and nitrates play a vital role in providing effective analgesia

The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (DoH 2000a) has emphasised the importance of A&E driven thrombolysis and the pivotal role emergency nurses have to play in managing patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Emergency Nurse. 10, 9, 15-19. doi: 10.7748/en2003.

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