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Fundamentals of Disclosure Coaching
The Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice. Fundamentals of Disclosure Coaching. Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. March 27, 2020, 1:00-4:00 PM, Boston, MA.
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Web M&M Edition January 2020
WebM&M Cases
“This is the wrong patient’s blood!”: Evaluating a Near-Miss Wrong Transfusion Event
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CE/MOC
Sarah Barnhard, MD,  
A 74-year-old male with a history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure with an EF of 45%, stage I chronic kidney disease and gout presented for a total hip replacement. He had multiple home medications and was also on Warfarin, which was held appropriately prior to the surgery.  A Type and Cross for blood request was sent along with baseline labs; however, there was a mislabeling error on one of the samples causing a delay in the blood getting to the operating room resulting in the medical team initiating a massive transfusion protocol when the patient became hypotensive.
Patient Identification Errors: A Systems Challenge
Lamia S. Choudhury, MS1 and Catherine T Vu, MD,  
Multiple patients were admitted to a large tertiary hospital within a 4-week period and experienced patient identification errors. These cases highlight important systems issues contributing to this problem and the consequences of incorrect patient identification.
Incomplete Orders for Hypertonic Saline to Treat Hyponatremia
Nasim Wiegley, M.D. and José A. Morfín, M.D. ,  
A 54-year-old man was found unconscious at home with multiple empty bottles of alcoholic beverages nearby and was brought to the emergency department by his family members. He was confused and severely hyponatremic, so he was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). His hospital stay was complicated by an error in the administration of hypertonic saline.