Web M&M Safety in the Ambulatory Setting

The current issue of AHRQ Web M&M (http://webmm.ahrq.gov) features a Spotlight Case of a 49-year-old man admitted to the emergency department (ED) with bruising from a fall and persistent pain on his left side who was kept overnight due to overcrowding in the ED.

The previous day he had gone to a different ED after falling from his truck, and he was given nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and sent home. He went to the second ED because of persistent and worsening pain in the left arm, chest, abdomen, and thigh. Late on the second day, he had increased respiratory distress and developed septic shock. A second evaluation by the surgical service indicated necrotizing fasciitis, a condition for which early diagnosis is difficult and misdiagnosis is common.

The issue also features an interview about safety in the ambulatory setting with Urmimala Sarkar, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital. The Perspectives section of the issue features an article by Margaret Plews-Ogan, M.D., M.S., of the University of Virginia, about the new landscape of patient safety in outpatient care.

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Current as of August 2014
Internet Citation: Web M&M Safety in the Ambulatory Setting. August 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/webmandm.html