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Diagnostic errors related to acute abdominal pain in the emergency department.

Medford-Davis L, Park E, Shlamovitz G, et al. Diagnostic errors related to acute abdominal pain in the emergency department. Emerg Med J. 2016;33(4):253-9. doi:10.1136/emermed-2015-204754.

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November 25, 2015
Medford-Davis L, Park E, Shlamovitz G, et al. Emerg Med J. 2016;33:253-9.

This retrospective study included chart reviews of adult patients who presented to an emergency department with abdominal pain and were identified via an electronic trigger as high-risk for diagnostic error. Researchers determined that diagnostic errors occurred in 35 of 100 reviewed cases, with the majority involving a breakdown in history-taking, test ordering, or abnormal test result follow-up.

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Medford-Davis L, Park E, Shlamovitz G, et al. Diagnostic errors related to acute abdominal pain in the emergency department. Emerg Med J. 2016;33(4):253-9. doi:10.1136/emermed-2015-204754.