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Stephanie Rogers, MD, and Derek Ward, MD; April 2019
An elderly man with a complicated medical history slipped on a rug at home, fell, and injured his hip. Emergency department evaluation and imaging revealed no head injury and a left intertrochanteric hip fracture. Although he was admitted to the orthopedic surgery service, with surgery to fix the fracture initially scheduled for the next day, the operation was delayed by 3 days due to several emergent trauma cases and lack of surgeon availability. He ultimately underwent surgery and was discharged a few days later but was readmitted several weeks later with chest pain and shortness of breath. He was found to have a pulmonary embolism; anticoagulation was initiated. The patient's rehabilitation was delayed, his recovery was prolonged, and he never returned to his baseline functional status.
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Peterson C, Ham CW, Vanderveen T. Hosp Pharm. 2008;43:491-497.
This article summarizes results from a conference regarding heparin errors, their epidemiology, and error types along with ways to increase safety.
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Hilmer SN, Rangiah C, Bajorek BV, Shenfield GM. Intern Med J. 2007;37:647-650.
Patients in this study were generally not weighed while hospitalized, even if they were receiving medications whose dose was based on weight. An increase in medication errors was documented among patients receiving anticoagulants.