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Three-month outcome of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome using point-of-care cardiac troponin-T testing compared with laboratory-based cardiac troponin-T testing: a randomised trial.
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PMID:  25261004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this randomised trial was to determine clinical outcomes in patients suspected of an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who had cardiac troponin-T measured by point-of-care (POC) compared with laboratory-based cardiac troponin-T testing. A secondary aim was to describe the correlation between the two troponin assays.
METHODS: Adults suspected of ACS were allocated to have troponin processed by POC or laboratory analyser. The primary outcome was a composite of acute myocardial infarction, coronary revascularisation, cardiac arrest and mortality at 3 months. Paired troponins taken on participants allocated to POC were used to determine correlation between troponin values obtained from laboratory and POC analysers.
RESULTS: There were 452 participants. 30 (13.1%) of 229 participants allocated to POC had at least one primary outcome event compared with 29 (13.0%) of 223 allocated to laboratory testing, a difference of 0.1% (95% CI -6.2% to 6.4%, p=0.98). Of 215 available paired troponins results, both analysers gave congruent results in 196 (91%) cases. The POC troponin was negative when the laboratory sample was positive in 16 (7%) cases. The POC troponin was positive when the laboratory sample was negative in 3 (1%) samples. Passing-Bablok regression analysis demonstrated both a constant and proportional difference between the two analytic methods.
CONCLUSIONS: Among patients suspected of an ACS, we found no evidence for a difference in adverse outcome when POC troponin was used in comparison with laboratory troponin. Due to the small sample size, an absolute difference of up to 6% in adverse outcome is possible.
Stephen Edward Asha; Andrew Cooke; Elizabeth Walter; James Weaver
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-9-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-9-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-9-28    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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