Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard

Acute coronary syndromes affect thousands of Australians each year. Despite well-developed guidelines for managing acute coronary syndromes, not all patients receive appropriate treatment. 

The Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard

Why do we need the Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard?

While there are well-developed guidelines for managing acute coronary syndromes, not all people receive appropriate treatment and there is variation in the type of care received across Australia.

Coronary heart disease (the main cause of acute coronary syndromes) kills more people in Australia than any other disease.

An infographic describing the impact of acute coronary syndromes in Australia. Acute coronary syndromes include heart attacks and blockages of blood vessels in the heart. Acute coronary syndromes cause more than 200 hospital admissions per day. Interventions to remove blockages save lves when given in time. These interventions are received less often by women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and people living outside of major cities.

Quality Statements

The Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard contains six quality statements describing the care that a patient with acute coronary syndrome should be offered.

Indicators for local monitoring

A set of indicators is available to assist with local implementation of the Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard. 

Resources

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Publication, report or update

More information

If you have any questions about the Acute Coronary Syndromes Clinical Care Standard please email ccs@safetyandquality.gov.au