John Cafaro MD
One of the best risk management strategies is clear discharge instructions.
- Estimated that half of lawsuits in EM are related in someway to discharge planning.
Instructions should be time specific and action specific and include what to return to the ER for.
A 43 year old female is involved in an motor vehicle collision. She complains of facial and dental pain. Exam reveals a broken lateral incisor. A pink spot is noted on the surface of the tooth. What is the diagnosis?
A. Ellis Class I Dental Fracture
B. Ellis Class II Dental Fracture
C. Ellis Class III Dental Fracture
D. Dental Subluxation
Answer: C - Ellis Class III Dental Fracture
At a recent resident lecture series, the CUH ED residents learn about medical malpractice from Dr. John Cafaro with the help of some faculty experts and the Director of Risk Management, Ms. Eileen Craig. This post will dive into some documentation pearls.
A 60-year-old man presents with chest pain. His EKG shows ST elevations in leads II, III and aVF as well as ST depressions in V2 and V3. A right-sided electrocardiogram is also performed and shows elevated ST segments in V4R and V5R. Which of the following medications is contraindicated?