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Slapdash Diagnosis Ends in Blindness

A harried family practitioner mistook a bacterial infection for a viral infection.

Doctor Fails to Look at Test Results, Misses Crucial Diagnosis

He had ordered two computed tomography scans for a man in his early 70's, but simply filed away the scan results without looking at them.

Patient's Death Blamed Partly on Bad Handwriting

Patient's Death Blamed Partly on Bad Handwriting

A nurse and pharmacist misread a nephrologist's handwritten prescription for a dialysis patient.

Patient Sues After Suffering Known Risk of Stone Procedure

Patient Sues After Suffering Known Risk of Stone Procedure

A urologist had explained to the patient that a split ureter is a potential risk of ureteroscopy.

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Confidential health information was sent to a patient's employer by a physician, resulting in a HIPAA violation.

Forgotten Chart Note Leads to Lawsuit

Forgotten Chart Note Leads to Lawsuit

A doctor forgot about his own note in a patient's chart that the patient should be screened for liver cancer.

Nephrologist Serves as Expert Witness against Urologist

Nephrologist Serves as Expert Witness against Urologist

Over the past several years, Dr. N occasionally had been asked to serve as an expert in medical malpractice cases.

Lawsuit Follows a Post-Lithotripsy Ruptured Spleen

A urologist and others present during the procedure testified that everything was done properly and nothing untoward occurred.

Urologist Ignores Note in Pathology Report—and Regrets It

Urologist Ignores Note in Pathology Report—and Regrets It

A pathologist was unable to determine if a bladder tumor was muscle invasive because biopsy samples did not include muscle tissue.

Doctor Sued for Following a 'Do Not Resuscitate' Order

Doctor Sued for Following a 'Do Not Resuscitate' Order

The son of a decreased man testified that he was the healthcare proxy for the patient, and that his father had a living will stating he wanted resuscitation measures in case he needed them.

Physician Held Culpable After Agreeing to Unorthodox Arrangement

Physician Held Culpable After Agreeing to Unorthodox Arrangement

Dr. B should have documented that the patient was offered—and had declined— many standard primary care services.

When Does a Doctor's Obligation to a Patient End?

When Does a Doctor's Obligation to a Patient End?

A urologist did not communicate a patient's abnormal PSA test result because the patient switched to another urologist.

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

A nurse in the cardiology department of a large hospital saw nothing wrong with accessing the medical records of family members.

Urologist Settles Penile Amputation Case, Anesthesiologist Goes to Trial

Urologist Settles Penile Amputation Case, Anesthesiologist Goes to Trial

The patient never should have been cleared for penile implant surgery, attorney argues.

Urologist, Radiologist Blame Each Other for Patient's Untimely Death

Urologist, Radiologist Blame Each Other for Patient's Untimely Death

Who is to blame when a patient suffers a fatal adverse reaction to a diagnostic test—the urologist who ordered it or the radiologist who carried it out?

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