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Evaluation of an Inpatient Heart Failure Screening Tool

Nadeau, Colleen Austel BSN, RN, CHFN; Gallo, Ana-Maria PhD, RN, CNS; Fields, Willa DNSc, RN, FHIMSS

Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31829d409e

Heart failure is increasing in incidence, prevalence, and mortality. The purpose of this study was to test the predictive accuracy of a screening tool to identify inpatients with heart failure. The tool demonstrated statistical significance for predictability, with 68.3% sensitivity, 86% specificity, and overall accuracy of 77.5%. The tool facilitated heart failure screening and subsequent implementation of evidence-based therapies.

Author Information

Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, California (Ms Nadeau and Dr Gallo); and San Diego State University, San Diego, California (Dr Fields).

Correspondence: Colleen Austel Nadeau, BSN, RN, CHFN, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, 5555 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942 (

This study was funded by Sharp Grossmont Hospital Foundation.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: May 23, 2013

Published ahead of print: June 22, 2013

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