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Albert W. Wu, MD, MPH; Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD; January 2004
A patient receiving end-of-life care, whose code status was DNR, encounters a potentially life-threatening medication error.
Journal Article > Commentary
Chiu RG. AMA J Ethics. 2019;21:E553-E558.
Although disclosure of medical error to patients is difficult, it is an ethical responsibility. This article discusses situations involving patients who are incapacitated and unrepresented but have no surrogate present to assist in communication and care coordination. Despite this challenge, the author argues that the clinician and organization still have the responsibility to document what happened, communicate what is known, and rectify the mistake.