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Closed claim studies based on actual malpractice claims

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  • Failure to admit, diagnose, and treat

    On July 13 at 12:45 a.m., a 48-year-old man was brought to a hospital emergency department (ED) by air ambulance.

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  • Failure to follow up on CT scan

    On May 1, 2013, a 69-year-old man came to the ED with worsening shortness of breath. The patient’s history included smoking, COPD, and an occluded right coronary artery.

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  • Improper management of diabetic ketoacidosis

    On Dec. 15 at 10:23 a.m., a 12-year-old boy with a history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus came to an ED with sore throat, cough, abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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  • Incorrect course of treatment and diagnosis

    On June 2, a 61-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a large hospital. He reported recurring, right-sided, lower abdominal pain for two days. He rated the pain as a 9 out of 10.

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  • Delay in recognizing intraoperative complications

    Delay in recognizing intraoperative complications

    A 58-year-old woman came to an orthopedic surgeon reporting unrelenting back pain and radiculopathy into her right leg. The patient described the pain as 10 out of 10.

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  • Failure to diagnose and treat

    Failure to diagnose and treat

    On January 10, a 35-year-old man was transported by ambulance to a hospital’s emergency department (ED) reporting headache and dizziness. The patient had a history of hypertension and hypothyroidism.

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    Cyber fraud case study: Failure to recognize phishing email

    The hospital received an email invoice from the ED group with instructions to send payment to a new account.

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  • Failure to timely intubate patient

    A 58-year-old man came to Neurosurgeon A for treatment of neck pain with radiation to his arms. The patient had a history of hypertension and diabetes.

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  • Failure to protect patient’s airway

    A 41-year-old man came to the emergency room on August 21 with severe abdominal pain for 5 days, vomiting, nausea, and inability to eat.

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  • Failure to monitor warfarin levels

    A 70-year-old woman with a history of diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension was taken to Hospital A, due to severe aortic stenosis.

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  • Failure to properly manage warfarin dose

    An 89-year-old woman suffered a fractured right femur requiring surgical repair. She had a complicated history and comorbidities.

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  • Failure to monitor patient’s INR

    In 2007, a 65-year-old man began seeing Family Physician A for treatment of high cholesterol and bronchitis. Over the next two years, the patient was seen for routine care.

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  • Failure to confirm diagnosis of polycythemia vera

    In November 2007, a 40-year-old man was referred to an internal medicine physician by his primary care physician. The patient reported feeling weak and tired.

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  • Delay in diagnosing breast cancer

    A 77-year-old woman with a history of cigarette smoking and COPD came to her family physician reporting a lump in her right breast.

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  • Failure to treat myocardial infarction

    At 6:51 p.m., a 62-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a local hospital reporting pain in the “chest wall area.”

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  • Failure to properly treat

    A 74-year-old woman visited Cardiologist A with symptoms of congestive heart failure. She had a history of dilated cardiomyopathy, mitral valve regurgitation, and significant pulmonary hypertension.

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  • Failure to obtain consent for esophageal dilation

    On May 6, a 79-year-old man came to a gastroenterologist for an evaluation of iron deficiency anemia. The patient’s chart included a history of solid food dysphagia.

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  • Failure to monitor thiamine levels

    A 50-year-old woman consulted with a bariatric surgeon for weight reduction surgery. The patient was 5’ 4” and weighed 265 pounds.

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  • Failure to monitor patient postoperatively

    A 31-year-old woman arrived at a rural hospital emergency department (ED) with severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain that had lasted for two days.

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