Table 4

 Comparison of chest pain assessment units (CPAUs) and rapid access chest pain clinics (RACPCs)

CPAURACPC
Open timesRound the clockWorking hours
Monitoring equipmentDefinitelyResuscitation trolley only
BedsDefinitelyExamination couch only
Troponin assaysDefinitelySelectively useful
Length of stay12 hours1–2 hours
LocationTypically near emergency departmentTypically near cardiology department
StaffingSpecialist nurse (thrombolysis) and clinicianVarious, including nurse specialist/technician
PatientsRest pain—some at high risk of acute haemodynamic deteriorationMainly low to moderate risk during assessment