RCABAD’s MAR: Good Intentions Without Proper Decisions Is Hopeless

OMMC Surgery Medical Anecdotal Reports 2014

MAR Title: Good Intentions Without Proper Decisions Is Hopeless

Reporter: Romeo C. Abad MD

Year Reported: 2014

NARRATION:

It was really a knock on the conscience to immediately decide what was the best thing to do for my patient. Unfortunately when I realized I made a bad decision it was too late.  A 74-year-old female came into the emergency room with complaints of generalized body weakness, difficulty of breathing and a resolving wound on her right leg. Since the patient was a diabetic with a wound on her leg, she was triaged to us (Department of Surgery). We immediately did our history and physical examination on the patient. Based on our assessment of her right leg, we decided that no further surgical intervention was warranted and her medical condition should be immediately addressed. We then ordered the patient to be transferred to the Department of Internal Medicine. The Internal Medicine…

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