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In the ED setting, ongoing development of systems to support accurate diagnostic decision-making and effective communication are paramount.

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ED, Stuck on Wrong Diagnosis, Blamed the Patient

A 26-year-old male presented to the emergency department with burning chest pain. After two more visits within four days for the same complaint, he died at home from acute coronary thrombosis. Did the clinicians’ frustration with the course of his condition lead them to blame the patient rather than reconsider their diagnosis?

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Whose Patient Is She?

After undergoing a breast biopsy, a 50-year-old female patient developed flu-like symptoms, persistent hypotension, irreversible organ damage, and died.

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Patient Safety Framework for Inter-hospital Transfers

At the request of its membership, the AMC PSO convened the Inter-hospital Transfers Task Force to offer guidance — and recommend risk mitigation strategies — concerning potential patient safety risks associated with inter-hospital transfers.

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