The ECG dilemma: guidelines on improving interpretation

Paul F Mele
Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management 2008, 28 (2): 27-31
The "ECG Dilemma" was recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association more than 10 years ago. Estimates put the number of patients suffering from significant ECG interpretation errors every year in the same range as deaths from diabetes. Missed MI ranks in the top tier of malpractice dollars lost. Guidelines have been put forth to reduce these losses and improve patient safety and quality of care. These guidelines, and suggestions towards implementing them, are discussed.

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