National Prescribing Curriculum

Management of acute coronary syndrome

Provide care for Anne, a patient experiencing an episode of chest pain while recovering in hospital from pneumonia.

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About

The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of interactive case-based modules that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The modules follow a stepwise approach as outlined in the WHO Guide to Good Prescribing.

In this module you will provide care for Anne, a patient experiencing an episode of chest pain while recovering in hospital from pneumonia.

 

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • outline key points of clinical assessment of a patient with acute coronary syndrome
  • list three treatment goals in the management of acute coronary syndrome
  • list the main drug classes used in the management of acute coronary syndrome
  • list three adverse effects of beta-blockers
  • describe two differences between unfractionated heparin (UFH) and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH)
  • name an absolute contraindication to the use of aspirin in patients with acute coronary syndrome
  • describe three measures of monitoring a patient’s response to treatment.
 

Resources

Prescribing Competencies Framework
The Prescribing Competencies Framework describes the competencies that health professionals require to prescribe medicines judiciously, appropriately, safely and effectively in the Australian healthcare system