More than one in four ICU patients had at least one missed diagnosis at death, according to a Johns Hopkins study of acute care patients. That means as many as 40,500 adult ICU patients in the country may die with misdiagnosis every year, the study states.
In reviewing more than 5,800 autopsies, researchers found that 28 percent of patients had a missed diagnosis, such as heart attack, pulmonary embolism, artery blockage in the lungs, pneumonia and aspergillosis (fungal infection). Even more, 8 percent of the diagnostic errors could have contributed or directly caused the patient’s death.
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