Medical Malpractice Insights

Peggy Zuckerman peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 15 08:33:51 UTC 2017


Rather than those mistakes which made it to the level of malpractice
claims, how about a book about those most common diagnostic errors in
speciaity practices, and then a much larger book for those in general
practice

As a patient, I wonder about the PCP referring a patient with difficult
case, or one misdiagnosed already, to the inappropriate specialist.  That
seems more common than recognized, and can set the patient on a wrong path,
frustrating to all.  The advice we patients receive is that the PCP is the
one to make the referral, but being referred to the wrong 'expert' is also
a diagnostic error of sorts.

In my own case of severe anemia, an ER doctor recommended I see a
hemotologist, but was admitted and seen by a GI doctor, treated for 8
months for a non-existent ulcer (now found in the biopsy pathology), then
suspected of having cirrhosis, needing an US to prep for a liver biopsy.
That US revealed a 10cm renal tumor, and subsequent CT, lungs full of tiny
mets.  Many missed opportunities along that way to have found the tumor far
earlier.

Peggy Zuckerman

Peggy Zuckerman
www.peggyRCC.com

On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 12:42 PM, robert bell <
0000000296e45ec4-dmarc-request at list.improvediagnosis.org> wrote:

> Would a book on the commonest malpractice diagnostic mistakes, with
> recommendations on how the help prevent them, be valuable?
>
> Perhaps it already exists?
>
> Rob Bell, MD
>
>
> On Jun 14, 2017, at 8:46 AM, Mark Graber <Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG>
> wrote:
>
> Dr Charles Pilcher produces a newsletter on medical malpractice cases, a
> great many of which focus on diagnostic errors.  Chuck has a knack for
> finding interesting and informative cases, and highlighting the lessons
> learned, all from a medical perspective.  You can get the flavor for this
> from the current edition here June 2017 Medical Malpractice Insights
> <https://madmimi.com/p/83bf2a> and sign up to receive the newsletter
> directly if you like.
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> You can contact Chuck at medmalinsights at gmail.com.
>
>
> Mark L Graber MD FACP
> President, SIDM
> Senior Fellow, RTI International
> Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
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