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How to Avoid Clinical Errors

Posted by medliorator on May 30, 2008

Ted R. Melnick, MD…

1. A common disease presenting in a common way (horses);
2. A common disease presenting in an uncommon way;
3. An uncommon disease presenting in a common way; and
4. An uncommon disease presenting in an uncommon way (zebras).

After seeing horse after horse, we develop pattern recognition and must be careful not to automatically identify every case as a horse, potentially failing to recognize a true zebra.

Attending a QA or PI meeting or an M&M conference is a great way to get exposure to how physicians approach their mistakes and what they do to prevent them in the future.

How Can I Avoid Clinical Mistakes? [Medscape]

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