Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

Heart failure is now considered an emerging epidemic of the 21st century, affecting 5.7 million Americans and causing a $32.7 million strain on the healthcare system. Most admitted heart failure patients enter the hospital through the emergency department; however, there are not comprehensive established guidelines and treatment goals for emergency physicians. This retrospective chart abstraction study investigates the impact of ED treatment on HF patient outcomes to determine which treatment courses are most effective and efficient.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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