Ch. 1 – 39 y/o woman with multiple complaints

COUGHING DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON 

A 39 year old woman with multiple complaints

A 39 year old woman with multiple complaints

Chapter 1 is the quintessential bounceback case; the reason we picked it as the first case. It is a patient you love to get at 5AM, a time when your ‘night-shift’ drive reaches the intersection of empathy and apathy; a patient who is straightforward, quick, and has a condition you can do something about. It is the perfect example of a well-appearing patient who is sick.

This doctor did just that – she received an albuterol aerosol and even was re-examined. Her wheezing resolved and she was discharged. As it turns out, the seemingly benign is not always so… she unfortunately bounced back… horizontal…

Story behind the story

Additional deposition and trial testimony:

Judge complete opening statements

Full cross examination defendant physician Timothy Madison

Closing statements of defense and plaintiff plus jury decision

Appeals decision

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One thought on “Ch. 1 – 39 y/o woman with multiple complaints

  1. It is clear that the initial visit’s HPI was painting a picture from the outright of a prolonged respiratory illness. His neglect of keeping the differential broad was clearly seen in the cross examination parts of the trial. It’s hard to say what’s worse, poorly qualifying the chest pain (radiations, associated symptoms, etc.) through his own examination or neglecting to address the symptoms on the nurse’s assessment.

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