Midlands Atrial Fibrillation Interactive Toolkit

Posted on 29 June 2020 (Permalink)

WMAHSN has supported with the development of a new interactive atrial fibrillation toolkit.

The toolkit is now available online to support healthcare staff through the end-to-end pathway for the detection, management and treatment of AF. Whether you're a community clinician, patient or manager you should find tools and resources to support. 

The document is an interactive PDF. To navigate, use the arrow buttons on each page or locate a specific section using the tabs and buttons within the document.

The toolkit: 

  • Provides quick access to risk-assessment tools and decision making aids,
  • Houses all atrial fibrillation (AF) information in a central location,
  • Is accessible from any computer or device with no log in necessary,
  • Provides tools for local improvement strategies,
  • Aims to reduced unwarranted variation across practice, 
  • Celebrates and promotes local areas of excellence.

What is atrial fibrillation?

AF is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm. An abnormal heart rhythm is also known as an arrhythmia. People with AF have an irregular and sometimes fast pulse, although you may also have a slow pulse rate. Atrial fibrillation happens because, as well as the sinus node (SA node) sending out regular electrical impulses, different places in and around the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) also produce electrical impulses, in an uncoordinated way. These multiple impulses make the atria quiver or twitch, which is known as fibrillation. 

Download the AF toolkit here.