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Fröhlich S, Ryan O, Murphy N, McCauley N, Crotty T, Ryan D. Crit Care Med. 2014;42:336-343.
This study used a blinded review of medical records matched with autopsy findings to examine diagnostic errors among patients that died in an intensive care unit at a university hospital. Clinical and postmortem findings differed in 21% of cases, but only 2.4% had a discrepancy that may have affected the outcome—rates that are much lower than previously reported.
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Mark Graber, MD; January 2004
A patient with chest pain is incorrectly diagnosed as having had an MI. Although physicians eventually realize the patient had an aortic dissection, it is too late. The patient dies.