Diagnostic errors related to acute abdominal pain in the emergency department.

Julianne Nemes Walsh nemeswalsh at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 20 15:28:18 UTC 2015


Thank you Ruth, the data consistent with malpractice claim data findings
and certainly an area of focus for preventative educational strategies.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 5:34 PM, Ruth Ryan <ruthryan at cox.net> wrote:

> I can’t get to the whole article, but here is a link to the abstract.
> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26531859
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> Medford-Davis L, Park E, Shlamovitz G, Suliburk J, Meyer AN, Singh H.
> Diagnostic errors related to acute abdominal pain in the emergency
> department.
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> Emerg Med J. 2015 Nov 3. pii: emermed-2015-204754. doi:
> 10.1136/emermed-2015-204754. [Epub ahead of print]
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> Of interest, over 1/3 of high risk abdominal pain pts in the ED in this
> study had diagnostic errors. The most commonly missed diagnoses were gall
> bladder disease and UTI, confirming once again that it tends to be the most
> common diagnoses, not the rarest that are misdiagnosed.
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> 2/3 of the cases had breakdowns in the diagnostic process, most often
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> ·        history-taking
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> ·        ordering insufficient tests
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> ·        problems with follow-up of abnormal test results
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