INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Emergency Department Prematurely Discharges Child With Severe Pneumonia INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  with pneumonia, given a 10-day course of amoxicillin and discharged from the emergency department. She returned and was found to have pneumonia with a large loculated pleural effusion. During …

Elderly Patient Dies Of Complications From Legionella Infection INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  an elderly female patient who was exposed to Legionnaire’s disease from a contaminated air-conditioning unit in her Atlanta apartment. The patient developed pneumonia secondary to the Legionnaire’s and eventually passed away. An expert engineer with experience inspecting units …

Child Suffers Fatal Septic Shock Following Leg Injury INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

Child Suffers Fatal Septic Shock Following Leg Injury

…  school playground. The patient experienced persistent pain and intermittent fevers following the injury, and she was sent for imaging and blood work. Her white blood cell count was …

Pharmacy Error Limits Treatment Options For HIV Patient INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

Pharmacy Error Limits Treatment Options For HIV Patient

…  the pharmacy had been dispensing the wrong medication. An infectious disease expert was sought to opine on how this error affected the patient’s …

Patient Suffers Septic Shock Following Laboratory Clerical Error INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  at a wound care clinic for lower extremity lymphedema and several leg wounds. She developed clear signs of infection along those wounds, including foul-smelling bandages and greenish-blue wounds. Cultures were obtained and the preliminary …

Patient Develops Bacterial Infection Following Pacemaker Implant Surgery INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  chest pain for several weeks. A heart block was diagnosed and a pacemaker was implanted. While the patient was recovering from the …  severe pain in her chest. The patient went to the hospital and it was determined that the lead detached and perforated the cardiac tissue. …

Infant Requires Heart Assist Device Following Delayed Clinical Evaluation INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  months of age. She was taken to the pediatrician’s office and seen by a nurse practitioner, not the pediatrician. The infant had a chest …  Clinical correlation was recommended to exclude cardiac disease and the infant was scheduled for a followup one month later. Within …

Patient Develops Fungal Infection Following Lung Surgery INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  cough. An x-ray showed a large mass in the right lung and the patient was referred to a thoracic surgeon. The thoracic surgeon ordered a CT and PET scan which confirmed the existence of a malignant tumor. The surgeon …

Chemotherapy Patient Contracts Gastrointestinal Infection From Consuming Shellfish INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  cervical cancer. The patient went to a wedding in Maine and consumed shellfish that was offered during the cocktail hour. By the end …  patient had symptoms of food poisoning, including nausea and vomiting. She was rushed to the hospital and discovered to have acute …

Child Contracts E-Coli From Allegedly Contaminated Lettuce INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Expert Case

…  the e coli infection, including hemolytic uremic syndrome and kidney failure. It was alleged that the lettuce in question was purchased …