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Missed signs of infection after injury

Missed signs of infection after injury

A young man dies after septic arthritis of the hip is misdiagnosed as a muscle strain or bursitis.

Brain injury caused by ear surgery

Brain injury caused by ear surgery

Intracranial bleeding and pressure after removal of an acoustic neuroma leads to permanent damage.

An infection
 leads to blindness

An infection
 leads to blindness

Significant facial edema and redness is misdiagnosed as an allergic reaction — with drastic consequences.

Hospitals take privacy seriously

Hospitals take privacy seriously

A clinician is terminated from her job for accessing patient information that was beyond her purview.

Negligence in the 
pharmacy

Negligence in the 
pharmacy

When a prescription is unclear, supporting clinicians 
engage in guesswork to decipher the dosage.

Unidentified sepsis leads to death

Unidentified sepsis leads to death

Emergency clinicians improperly attended to a bacterial infection in a patient with no spleen.

Clinician charged with battery after routine test

Clinician charged with battery after routine test

A young NP performs a routine procedure against the patient's express wishes and winds up in court.

Wrongful death case dismissed

Wrongful death case dismissed

Two clinicians fail to 
follow up after referring a patient with significant prostatic symptoms.

Facets of HIPAA 
compliance

Facets of HIPAA 
compliance

An inadvertent mistake in transferring a patient's records reveals his HIV status to his employer.

Questioning the doctor's orders

Questioning the doctor's orders

A strong dose of an opioid administered to a woman recovering from surgery causes permanent damage.

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