Table 12.2

Advances in cardiac nursing roles

  • Primary care and nursing in the community, including work on prevention and chronic disease management

  • The management of acute coronary syndromes and acute myocardial infarction, including speeding up the provision of thrombolysis and other therapies in a variety of settings63 64

  • The provision of rapid defibrillation and advanced life support

  • Rapid access chest pain clinics and preoperative assessment and support65

  • Critical care, especially in the perioperative setting

  • The cardiac catheter laboratory

  • Secondary prevention and rehabilitation

  • Elective cardioversion65

  • Supporting patients with heart failure66