Hospital miscues: Sending pages to Dr. Wrong

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, June 9, 2009

A review at two Canadian teaching hospitals reveals that in a two-month period, 14% of all hospital pages were sent to the wrong physician—a resident who was scheduled to be off-duty or out of the hospital—and 47% of those were urgent messages. That's about 2,000 misdirected pages per year per hospital that require an immediate response, but don't get one, the study found.


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