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Guidelines for emergency management of acute heart failure: consensus of the Acute Heart Failure Working Group of the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine (AHF-SEMES) in 2011

Llorens Soriano P, Miró O, Martín-Sánchez FJ, Herrero Puente P, Jacob Rodríguez J, Gil V, Perelló R, Aguirre Tejedo A

Affiliation of the authors

Servicio de Urgencias-UCE y Hospitalización a domicilio. Hospital Universitario General de Alicante. Alicante, Spain. Área de Urgencias. Hospital Clínic. Barcelona. Grupo de Investigación “Urgencias: procesos y patologías”, IDIBAPS. Barcelona, Spain. Serv

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Llorens Soriano P, Miró O, Martín-Sánchez FJ, Herrero Puente P, Jacob Rodríguez J, Gil V, et al. Guidelines for emergency management of acute heart failure: consensus of the Acute Heart Failure Working Group of the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine (AHF-SEMES) in 2011. Emergencias. 2011;23:119-39

Summary

Emergency services play a key role in the management of various phases of acute heart

failure (AHF) because prognosis is determined by the rapid assessment of and response

to events. Many early interventions can change the course of AHF, and proper risk

classification will facilitate choice of the most appropriate treatment for a patient. The

various guidelines issued in recent years do not specify early interventions, either for

prehospital care or for application in the first 6 to 12 hours after arrival in the hospital

emergency department. The Acute Heart Failure Working Group of the Spanish Society

of Emergency Medicine (ICA-SEMES) has developed a consensus statement based on

available evidence and acquired experience. The statement summarizes practical issues

of initial assessment and choice of treatment that are important for emergency

physicians caring for patients with AHF.

 

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