The diagnosis of myocardial infarction by computer-derived protocol in a municipal hospital

Angiology. 1985 Mar;36(3):165-70. doi: 10.1177/000331978503600305.


The evaluation of an emergency room patient with acute chest pain is often difficult. Recently, computers have been employed to develop protocols for identifying which patients are likely to have acute myocardial infarctions and to benefit, therefore, from admission to a relatively scarce coronary care unit bed. We have tested the latest computer-derived instrument in a municipal hospital and found it to be less reliable than the clinical judgement of physicians.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Coronary Care Units
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*