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dc.contributor.authorGillon, Stuart Aen
dc.contributor.authorRadford, Sam Ten
dc.identifier.citationCritical Care and Resuscitation; 14(3): 216-20en
dc.description.abstractMisdiagnosis of the cause of illness in critically ill patients is common, and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. We reflect upon a misdiagnosis that occurred in the intensive care unit of a metropolitan teaching hospital, and highlight the susceptibility of medical decision making to error. We examine recent advances in cognitive theory and how these apply to diagnosis. We discuss the vulnerability of such processes and - with particular reference to our case - why even knowledgeable and diligent clinicians are prone to misdiagnose. Finally, we review potential solutions, both educational and systemic, that may guard against the inevitable failings of the human mind, especially in a busy modern intensive care setting.en
dc.subject.otherBayes Theoremen
dc.subject.otherBird Fancier's Lung.diagnosisen
dc.subject.otherDiagnostic Errors.statistics & numerical dataen
dc.subject.otherFatal Outcomeen
dc.subject.otherIntensive Care Unitsen
dc.subject.otherMiddle Ageden
dc.subject.otherPulmonary Edema.diagnosisen
dc.subject.otherSystemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.diagnosisen
dc.titleZebra in the intensive care unit: a metacognitive reflection on misdiagnosis.en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.journaltitleCritical Care and Resuscitationen
dc.identifier.affiliationDepartment of Intensive Care, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, Australiaen
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