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The heart team in acute cardiac care 

The heart team in acute cardiac care
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The heart team in acute cardiac care
Author(s):

Arie Pieter Kappetein

, Christiaan Antonides

, and Stephan Windecker

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199687039.003.0012_update_001

Update:

New figure presenting the core members and facultative members of heart teams, with the patient as a crucial member

Decision making in acute cardiac care now focuses on patients with acute heart failure as well

Updated on 22 February 2018. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 19 October 2019

The complexity of acute cardiac care today makes it necessary that patients are looked after by more than one health care professional. Complex tasks require complex systems. Teamwork is essential for minimizing adverse events caused by miscommunication and misunderstanding about roles and responsibilities, and it can have an immediate and positive impact on the patient. The increasing complexity and specialization of care of the cardiac patient in the acute setting, combined with an ever increasing number of therapeutic options, make it necessary to coordinate teams of doctors for each specialty area. Multidisciplinary decision making optimizes care and is mandatory in light of evolving options and improvement of quality of care and will lead to more efficiency.

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