Screening secondary care patients for atrial fibrillation
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust worked with Eastern Academic Health Science Network to establish a patient-centred multidisciplinary stroke prevention service.
Using our guideline on the management of atrial fibrillation, they screened patients admitted to hospital. After finding atrial fibrillation, they used multidisciplinary expertise to optimise stroke prevention measures.
In the first 12 months, the team screened 14,979 general medical patients, identifying 402 new cases of atrial fibrillation. They started 401 of those people on anticoagulation treatment, which prevented an estimated 16 strokes and 8 deaths. They estimate the scheme has reduced 254 inpatient bed days annually, saving the trust £89,000.
This project was one of the highly commended entries at our Shared Learning Awards.