Unidades de insuficiencia cardiaca en España: Situación actual

Translated title of the contribution: Heart failure units in Spain: State of the art

Elisabet Zamora, Josep Lupón*

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Heart failure is a huge public health problem. Heart failure units provide better care for patients with this condition. The establishment of such units in hospitals varies greatly between countries. To date, no specific data are available on the current situation with these units in Spain. A short questionnaire was used to evaluate the present-day implementation and characteristics of heart failure units in Spanish hospitals. Of the 110 hospitals surveyed, 45 (41%) had a heart failure unit. The percentage varied significantly with the technological sophistication of the hospital: level 1 (lowest) 8%, level 2 38%, and level 3 (highest) 76%. Some 91% of units were run by cardiology departments. In 78% of the units surveyed, nurses were involved in patient care, though only on a part-time basis in the majority (63%). Their task was primarily patient education, although, in 34%, they only performed basic support tasks (i.e., ECG and monitoring vital signs).

Translated title of the contributionHeart failure units in Spain: State of the art
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)874-877
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Espanola de Cardiologia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


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