Echocardiography Not Available on Weekends

February 2009
Clinician Reviews;Feb2009, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p7
Academic Journal
This article discusses a malpractice lawsuit filed against an emergency department (ED) physician, resident and cardiologist for failing to make a diagnosis of aortic dissection which led to the death of a 58-year-old man. He experienced jaw pain, chest pain, arm and leg numbness, and difficulty speaking. According to the plaintiff, if echocardiography had been performed immediately the condition could have been detected in time to perform a lifesaving surgery. Defendants claim that his signs and symptoms were not indicative of aortic dissection.


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