WebM&M Cases & Commentaries
WebM&M (Morbidity & Mortality Rounds on the Web) features expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by our readers. Spotlight Cases include interactive learning modules available for CME. Commentaries are written by patient safety experts and published monthly. Contribute by Submitting a Case anonymously.
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- Spotlight Case
Brittany McGalliard, PharmD; Rita Shane, PharmD; and Sonja Rosen, MD; September 2016
An elderly woman with multiple medical conditions experienced new onset dizziness and lightheadedness. A home visit revealed numerous problems with her medications, with discontinued medications remaining in her pillbox and a new prescription that was missing. In addition, on some days she was taking up to five blood pressure pills, when she was supposed to be taking only two.
Russ Cucina, MD, MS; July 2006
Despite full documentation and a wristband regarding her severe food allergy, an inpatient is advertently fed eggs and suffers an allergic reaction.
Glenn Flores, MD; April 2006
With no one to interpret for them and pharmacy instructions printed only in English, nonEnglish-speaking parents give their child a 12.5-fold overdose of a medication.
James E. Heubi, MD ; January 2006
Parents of a 5-year-old, told to give their son acetaminophen for his fever, return 2 days later because he is acutely ill. Tests reveal dangerously high acetaminophen levels. It turns out the parents had miscalculated the dosage.
- Spotlight Case
Elizabeth B. Lamont, MD, MS; September 2004
Following hernia repair surgery, an elderly woman is incidentally found to have a mass in her neck. Expecting the worst, the treating physician recommends palliative care and withdrawal of mechanical ventilation, before biopsy results are in.
Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD; May 2004
Understanding that she may lose her life without it, a woman severely injured in a collision rejects a blood transfusion for religious reasons. However, her parents persuade the physicians otherwise, and the woman lives.
Dean Schillinger, MD; March 2004
A misunderstanding of instructions on how to administer medication leads to an infant choking on a syringe cap.
Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH; October 2003
Switched urine specimens lead to a patient receiving the wrong answer about her pregnancy test.