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A team-based approach to treating heart failure adopted at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin could avoid 4,000 hospitalisations a year if used nationally, according to those running the service.

The Heart Failure Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin adopts a team-based approach involving doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals, according to the director of the unit, Prof Ken McDonald.

The unit yesterday celebrated its 10th anniversary with an official visit by Health Minister Mary Harney. Dr McDonald said the unit’s focus is that instead of keeping patients in overnight or longer in hospital, healthcare professionals work towards avoiding a hospital stay in 80% of patients being treated at the unit. Strategies used to keep people out of hospital include outpatient administration of intravenous therapies, which allows staff to stabilise the majority of patients without the need for hospitalisation.

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A team-based approach to treating heart failure adopted at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin could avoid 4,000 hospitalisations a year if used nationally, according to those running the service.

The Heart Failure Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin adopts a team-based approach involving doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals, according to the director of the unit, Prof Ken McDonald.

The unit yesterday celebrated its 10th anniversary with an official visit by Health Minister Mary Harney. Dr McDonald said the unit’s focus is that instead of keeping patients in overnight or longer in hospital, healthcare professionals work towards avoiding a hospital stay in 80% of patients being treated at the unit. Strategies used to keep people out of hospital include outpatient administration of intravenous therapies, which allows staff to stabilise the majority of patients without the need for A&E care or hospitalisation.

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