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Unrecognized cardiovascular emergencies among Medicare patients.

Waxman DA, Kanzaria HK, Schriger DL. Unrecognized Cardiovascular Emergencies Among Medicare Patients. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(4):477-484. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8628.

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March 14, 2018
Waxman DA, Kanzaria HK, Schriger DL. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178:477-484.

Diagnostic error remains an ongoing challenge within patient safety. Using claims data, this retrospective study found that among Medicare patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms consistent with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), stroke, aortic dissection, and subarachnoid hemorrhage, between 2.3% (AMI) and 4.5% (aortic dissection) of patients were discharged without a diagnosis.

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Waxman DA, Kanzaria HK, Schriger DL. Unrecognized Cardiovascular Emergencies Among Medicare Patients. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(4):477-484. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8628.