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Mitchell Levy, MD; October 2016
Administered antibiotics in the emergency department and rushed to the operating room for emergent cesarean delivery, a pregnant woman was found to have an infection of the amniotic sac. After delivery, she was transferred to the hospital floor without a continuation order for antibiotics. Within 24 hours, the inpatient team realized she had developed septic shock.
Journal Article > Review
Liang SY, Theodoro DL, Schuur JD, Marschall J. Ann Emerg Med. 2014;64:299-313.
Emergency care presents risks of health care–associated infection (HAI) for both clinicians and patients. This review provides an overview of HAIs in the emergency setting, including standard precautions meant to prevent the spread of infections, strategies to reduce risk of HAIs related to medical device use, and the evidence around effectiveness of prevention programs.
Dunklin R, Thompson S. Dallas Morning News. December 6, 2014.
This news article reports on the widely publicized delayed diagnosis of Ebola at a Dallas hospital and reveals previously undisclosed details from the emergency room physician who misdiagnosed the patient when he first presented, including information and communication gaps that may have contributed to the failure.