Some charts might indicate there was chest pain and an abnormal ECG, but the patient was discharged with no explanation. Plaintiffs can use this to make a case the emergency physician missed classic presentation of myocardial infarction. Counter this allegation with specific documentation outlined here.
The diagnosis of patients with chest pain is straightforward only occasionally. A systematic method of evaluating these patients is essential to assess for potentially life-threatening conditions. This article discusses noncardiac causes of chest pain, particularly GI causes and aortic dissection.