Practice of Medicine

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Defective Hand-Off Communication forces Defendant Physician & Hospital to Settle Lawsuit

February 13, 2015

The Case:

The patient complained to her primary care physician (PCP) of itching and hives. She denied exposure to new foods, medications, or other products. Her PCP diagnosed idiopathic urticaria; administered Decadron; and ordered oral prednisone, Benadryl, and Pepcid.

Six days later, the patient’s husband called 911. Her condition had worsened; she felt her throat closing. The Emergency …

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