<< Syncope In Pediatric Patients: A Practical Approach To Differential Diagnosis And Management In The Emergency Department

Risk Management Pitfalls In Pediatric Patients With Syncope

1. “The teenage patient assured me that she couldnot be pregnant, so I did not order an HCG test.”

Ensuring that adolescent patients have a chance to speak with providers without their parents present is an expected part of adolescent medicine and often allows capture of sensitive information. The emergency clinician must verify that teenage girls who report no sexual intercourse are really not pregnant. Results should be provided in a confidential manner based upon individual state law.

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