Pocus as a tool to avoid diagnostic errors in covid-19 era

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Author Details : Muniza Bai, Dharm Prakash Dwivedi*, Abhishek Singh Chauhan, Vemuri Mahesh Babu, Sneha Leo, Shahana M P

Volume : 6, Issue : 4, Year : 2021

Article Page : 256-258


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X-ray flips and wrong labelling has been uncomfortably common, and often results in wrong side intervention. Wrong side surgery is indeed the most dramatic and visible form of human errors. Until the 1999 Institute of Medicine report ‘To Err is Human’, the medical fraternity was largely unaware of such preventable medical errors and near misses. We herein, describe a case where X-ray flip and mislabelling led to wrong side intervention in a COVID-19 ICU. Active errors in human performance are inevitable while practising medicine in the current COVID-19 pandemic where difficulties in performing comprehensive systemic examination with the protective gear on, long working hours, work stress, emotions, and fatigue interplay with the errors in technology and increase the chances of errors. We propose the use of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in COVID-19 ICU’s to aid in the diagnosis and management.

Keywords: Xray flips, mislabelling, POCUS, COVID19, novel coronavirus

How to cite : Bai M, Dwivedi D P, Chauhan A S, Babu V M, Leo S, Shahana M P, Pocus as a tool to avoid diagnostic errors in covid-19 era. IP Indian J Immunol Respir Med 2021;6(4):256-258

Copyright © 2021 by author(s) and IP Indian J Immunol Respir Med. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org)

Article History

Received : 02-12-2021

Accepted : 27-12-2021

Available online : 31-12-2021

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