Practice of Medicine

Claims Lesson

Incomplete Pulmonary Embolism Evaluation Alleged to have caused Delayed Diagnosis and Death

April 7, 2014

The Case:

This patient’s orthopedic surgeon admitted the patient to the hospital for a left total hip replacement. She had been disabled from osteoarthritis for approximately 5 years prior to death. The procedure itself was uneventful. No notes were written in the PACU chart. The surgeon’s post –operative orders were for pneumatic compression devices for both feet and legs. He also ordered …

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