Risk Management



Giant cell arteritis

OMIC Board member Dr. Ronald W. Pelton, MD, PhD, and OMIC Patient Safety Manager Anne Menke, RN, PhD analyzed lawsuits filed by 18 patients diagnosed with giant cell arteritis (GCA) between 1993 and 2014 to determine why ophthalmologists who are familiar with GCA often fail to diagnose it.

The short window for diagnosis and treatment and the risk of severe bilateral vision loss make the high stakes of this relatively rare condition clear. Giant Cell Arteritis explores the reasons for these poor outcomes, the standard to which medical experts hold physicians who treat these patients, and the measures ophthalmologists can take to improve the likelihood of a correct and timely diagnosis.

 

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