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$1.4 Million | Death from Bacterial Pneumonia

$1.4 Million | Death from Bacterial Pneumonia

$1.4 Million for the family of a woman who went to the Loyola E/R due to a high fever, dry cough, chest congestion and other symptoms. A chest x-ray was read as “normal” by the E/R attending physician and a radiology resident and she was discharged with a diagnosis of bronchitis. The next morning, the attending radiologist reviewed the x-ray, and identified “equivocal increased interstitial/vague density in the right lung base” but did not notify the E/R attending–incorrectly assuming that all reports were automatically sent to the E/R for appropriate follow-up. As a result the patient’s bacterial pneumonia was not diagnosed, no antibiotics were prescribed and she died.