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The difference between negligence and an adverse event, part 2

The last blog post described a fictional event in which a hospital patient had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic given to her by hospital personnel. The fictional doctor in that scenario followed the prescribed standard of care. He checked the patient's chart, reviewed her history and saw nothing that would indicate this patient would have an allergic reaction. He even questioned the patient himself about possible allergies.

The difference between negligence and an adverse event, part 1

Consider the following scenario: a person is admitted to the hospital. Gender is not important but for simplicity let's say it's a female and, for the sake of argument, let's say this person is in her thirties and in (prior to her admittance) good health. After some testing, the doctors conclude the patient has contracted an infection that can be treated with antibiotics. The patient is lucid and conscious and able to answer questions about her health history at the time the decision is made.