- Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States
- 80,000 to 160,000 people are harmed due to misdiagnosis each year with 40,000 to 80,000 deaths each year caused by misdiagnosis
Friday, August 16, 2019
Letter to Another Doctor
Letter Sent to Another Doctor's Office
Opportunities for improvement can come when we address them. Please address them!
On August 8, 2019 I was contacted by a person who used your services because of a swollen pinky. An x-ray was taken and the patient was told that the next finger over (the ring finger) was fractured and an infection had developed. This patient was prescribed antibiotics and it was suggested they see an orthopedist specializing in hands because of the fracture, which they did.
As it turns out, the patient did not have a fractured finger (the x-ray was read incorrectly). The patient had gout, which needed medication, not an antibiotic.
Pulse CPSEA is a patient safety organization dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety through advocacy, education, and support.
The following information may be helpful to share among your staff.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.