Responding to tragic error: lessons from Foothills Medical Centre

Johnston, Robert V.; Boiteau, Paul; Charlebois, Kelley; Long, Steve
May 2004
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/25/2004, Vol. 170 Issue 11, p1659
Academic Journal
Provides information on the lessons learned by the Calgary Health Region in Alberta from the tragic medical error that occurred at Foothills Medical Center that caused the deaths of several patients. Impact of the investigation into the death of a man after operation on the Region; Details of the finding of unexplained hyperkalemia in an elderly patient undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy; Result of the review instituted by the Regional Critical Incident Review process on the number of deaths; Public and media responses about the incident that was not predicted by the region.


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