Closed claim studies involving the diagnosis and treatment of stroke
Failure to discuss interruption of anticoagulation
A 72-year-old man came to a surgeon, who confirmed the patient had a reducible right inguinal hernia. The patient’s medical history included a CVA four years earlier.
Failure to diagnose postpartum stroke
The first documented assessment of the patient in the ED revealed a temperature of 97.9 degrees; pulse 53; respirations 20; blood pressure 147/77 mm Hg; oxygen saturation 97%.
Failure to monitor patient exhibiting signs of stroke
A 58-year-old woman with a history of morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol arrived in the ED by ambulance. She reported numbness and blurred vision.
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.
Failure to restart anticoagulants
A 66-year-old man came to an internal medicine physician reporting a shuffling gait. He had a complex medical history, including a history of stroke.