Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) wrote in the Annals of American Thoracic Society journal on Aug. 1 that identifying common intensive care unit (ICU) diagnostic errors and reducing them is critical.
The study’s authors found that as much as 20 percent of all patient-doctor encounters result in diagnostic errors. They note that the risk of critically ill patients being misdiagnosed is significantly higher than it is for others also.
Two factors that make diagnosing critically ill patients difficult is that physicians are often unable to physically examine or interview them. Coordinating their care tends to be more complex as well.