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Are autopsy findings still relevant to the management of critically ill patients in the modern era?

Fröhlich S, Ryan O, Murphy N, et al. Critical care medicine. 2014;42:336-43.

This study used a blinded review of medical records matched with autopsy findings to examine diagnostic errors among patients that died in an intensive care unit at a university hospital. Clinical and postmortem findings differed in 21% of cases, but only 2.4% had a discrepancy that may have affected the outcome—rates that are much lower than previously reported.