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Hospitals’ focus on patient safety hasn’t eliminated preventable deaths
Washington Post

Some years ago, I got a call at 3 a.m. from the hospital because a patient of mine had spiked a high fever. Suspecting an infection, I called in some antibiotics. A few hours later, a frantic nurse called to say my patient had turned red and was wheezing, likely from an allergic reaction.

I rushed to the hospital and saw my own note in the patient’s chart stating that the patient was allergic to the antibiotic I had ordered.