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Reporter Q3 2019
Tracking patient follow up and diagnostic test results (CME); 2018 Risk Management trends analysis; Failure to manage risk of shoulder dystocia; Failure to follow up on syncope; Board Election 2020
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.
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.
Failure to diagnose anemia
A 17-month-old girl was brought to Pediatrician A for complete vaccinations on October 20. This visit was documented as “vaccines only.”
Failure to report misplaced central line
On July 22, a 64-year-old woman came to the emergency department (ED) of a local hospital. The patient had undergone back surgery five days earlier, and she came to the ED for a possible overdose.
Reporter 2019 Pediatrics
Failure to diagnose meningitis; Guidelines for the release of medical records
Reporter 2019 Obstetrics
Failure to recognize symptoms of ureteral injury; Guidelines for the release of medical records
Reporter Q1 2019
Evaluating & treating the suicidal patient (CME); Dr. Melinda Lopez: On the front lines with human trafficking; Failure to properly evaluate depression; Failure to diagnose coronary artery disease
Reporter 2018 Dermatology
Failure to diagnose melanoma in a timely manner; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs
Reporter 2018 Radiology
Failure to diagnose epidural abscess; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs
Reporter 2018 General Surgery
Unnecessary surgery, Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs
Reporter 2018 Pediatrics
Failure to diagnose anemia; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs
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.
Failure to diagnose cornual pregnancy
A 33-year-old woman came to the emergency department (ED) complaining of bilateral abdominal pain, back pain, and shortness of breath.
Failure to diagnose retained sponge
A 55-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in New Mexico for a colostomy reversal.
Failure to diagnose tuberculosis
A two-year-old boy with a five-day history of intermittent fever and stomachache was brought to his pediatrician. The child was diagnosed with a viral syndrome and treated with simethicone drops
Delay in detecting melanoma
A 58-year-old man came to his family physician for evaluation of a lesion on his back. The man was a long-time patient of this physician.
Failure to follow up on mammogram
A 54-year-old woman returned to her primary care physician, Family Physician A. The patient reported pain in her left arm, chest, and back that had continued for a week.
Failure to diagnose rhabdomyolysis
At 3:20 p.m., a 3-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department (ED) with complaints of fever, lethargy, sore throat, severe leg pain bilaterally with decreased sensation, and absent reflexes.
Failure to diagnose appendicitis