Risk stratification of the undifferentiated chest pain patients in the Emergency Department continues to plague emergency physicians. It’s partly the reason why I created a TIMI risk score card for unstable angina and non-ST elevation MI in 2010.
Have you heard of the 9-variable GRACE risk stratification score? Thanks to Jeff Bray (physician assistant in a rural critical access ED), I have now. He graciously shared his personal reference card on this with me, which I only minimally reformatted to fit my Paucis Verbis card dimensions.
GRACE stands for Global Registry for Acute Coronary Events. It supposedly outperforms the TIMI scoring slightly in accurately predicting complications in the short and long term. Instead of calculating this manually, which can be a pain, now there are calculators out there:
Anyone use this scoring system?
PV Card: GRACE Risk Score for ACS
Adapted from 1,2
Go to the ALiEM Cards site for more resources.