Injury

Closed claim studies involving the treatment and diagnosis of trauma and other injuries

  • Failure to diagnose a foreign body and to follow up

    Failure to diagnose a foreign body and to follow up

    An eight-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department (ED) of a large hospital with a groin injury from a bicycle accident.

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  • Failure to recognize bowel injury

    Failure to recognize bowel injury

    A 42-year-old woman came to see her obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob-Gyn A) on January 10 with abnormal uterine bleeding and abdominal and pelvic pain. She had been a patient of Ob-Gyn A for nine years.

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  • Delay in surgery and improper performance

    Delay in surgery and improper performance

    On December 24, a 64-year-old man fell from a ladder and injured his left forearm. He came to the emergency department. An x-ray showed a displaced and complete fracture of radial and ulnar shafts.

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  • Failure to admit, diagnose, and treat

    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 diagnose femur fracture

    Failure to diagnose femur fracture

    A 28-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle collision, sustaining multiple injuries.

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  • Failure to intubate and prevent aspiration

    Failure to intubate and prevent aspiration

    A 52-year-old man fell from a tree and fractured his ankle. His family brought him to the emergency department of a local hospital at 8:30 p.m.

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  • Failure to order chest x-ray

    Failure to order chest x-ray

    A 68-year-old woman living in an assisted living facility had syncopal episodes that resulted in falls with minor head trauma.

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  • Vision loss following surgery

    Vision loss following surgery

    A 41-year-old woman came to an orthopedic surgeon. Her history included progressive lumbar scoliosis secondary to spasticity from congenital diastematomyelia.

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