August 2009, Volume 39 Number 8 , p 9 - 9
I've just begun working at a large teaching hospital. Many patients have several specialty physicians—and sometimes their orders differ or even conflict. Which order do I follow—the most recent one? If I see a conflict between orders, whom should I contact to avoid making an error? —E.N., MASS.
When a patient has several specialists looking only at targeted areas of concern, the likelihood that their orders will sometimes conflict is high. Specialty physicians don't always become involved in the ...