Cardiovascular nurses have tremendous potential to reduce unnecessary cardiovascular deaths from misdiagnoses and lead efforts to address diagnostic errors in both independent and collaborative practices.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing analyzed medical malpractice claims in Candello to better understand nursing's role in diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. The analysis found that, in 155 diagnostic error cases from 2007 to 2016, nursing was accused as the primary responsible service. Cardiovascular diseases were involved in 28 of the cases, and more than half of misdiagnoses of cardiovascular diseases (59%) resulted in patient death.

Read the full-text study published in the peer-review journal, The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

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Nurses Are Key in Preventing Deadly Diagnostic Errors in Cardiovascular Diseases

Gleason KT, Greenberg P, Dennison Himmelfarb CR. "Nurses Are Key in Preventing Deadly Diagnostic Errors in Cardiovascular Diseases." The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: 1/2 2019 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p 6-8
doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000542
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