AUDITS: Mnemonical Approach for Atrial Fibrillation With Coronary Artery Disease

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      • The mnemonic AUDITS summarized current best evidence to provide a high-yield document for NPs managing patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in the setting of acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
      • Algorithmic visual guidance is provided on the optimal antithrombotic therapy for nurse practitioners managing patients with AF in the setting of ACS.
      • Use of relevant guidelines in conjunction with clinical judgment is encouraged to ensure patient-centered care and maximize positive outcomes for patients with AF and ACS.


      Managing anticoagulation therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome and atrial fibrillation requires effective use of risk stratification scores to optimize treatment options while weighing the risk of stroke or systemic thromboembolism vs the risk of bleeding. A mnemonic-based clinical practice pathway is proposed to provide nurse practitioners with a structured approach to managing patients with atrial fibrillation in the context of an acute coronary syndrome. The AUDITS mnemonic represents a simplified treatment guide derived from current guidelines and aims to help nurse practitioners implement best practices to ensure patient safety.


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      Mohamed Toufic El Hussein, PhD, NP, is a professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mount Royal University, adjunct associate professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, and an NP in the division of Cardiology at Alberta Health Services, Rockyview Hospital, Alberta, Canada, and can be contacted at [email protected]


      Jenna Habib, BN, RN, ACCN-ER, Emergency Department, Alberta Health Services, Alberta, Canada.