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Anna Parks, MD, and Margaret C. Fang, MD, MPH ; March 2018
One day after reading only the first line of a final ultrasound result (which stated that the patient had a thrombosis), an intern reported to the ICU team that the patient had a DVT. Because she had postoperative bleeding, the team elected to place an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter rather than administer anticoagulants to prevent a pulmonary embolism (PE). The next week, a new ICU team discussed the care plan and questioned the IVC filter. The senior resident reviewed the radiology records and found the ultrasound report actually stated the thrombosis was in a superficial vein with low risk for PE, which meant that the correct step in management of this patient's thrombosis should have been surveillance.
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Artis KA, Dyer E, Mohan V, Gold JA. Crit Care Med. 2017;45:179-186.
Information provided at bedside rounds is critical for clinical decision-making in inpatient settings. This direct observation study found that laboratory data reported at rounds is prone to error, most often omissions. The authors suggest that inaccurately communicated laboratory data is a prevalent and underrecognized patient safety concern.