practice of Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Toolkit
August 1, 2019
Medication lessons learned
Simple prescription mistake leads to tragic outcome
This case involves a wheelchair bound, legally blind gentleman. The patient had a history of diabetes with peripheral neuropathy, hypertension, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, hyperlipidemia, and venous insufficiency, with a non-healing venous stasis ulcer to his left lower extremity. He was taking multiple medications, including Coumadin 1 mg each day for presumed peripheral vascular …
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