Do you communicate two ways when confirming a critical report? Or do you write a report and file it in the dispatch section and say “I am Done.”?
Mock Jury Trial: The Case
The recent RSNA 2009 Mock Jury went on trial on the assumption of breech of standard of care. The radiologist saw a suspicious shadow in right upper zone on the X-ray Chest, wrote that he needed CT examination to evaluate this area further and even faxed the report to the Emergency department. However, the Emergency physician had read the X-ray Chest as normal and somehow the radiologist report was not read, though it was in the files.
After 20 months the lady came with a chest mass and the radiologist was brought to trial for “Breech of Standard of Care”.
Guidelines of Community of Peers
The Emergency department sees hundreds of reports every day. Hence a radiologist should communicate a non-routine report, should know the preliminary report of the emergency physician and should file the Discrepancy report.