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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Case 3

A 3-year-old presents to the emergency department. She was diagnosed with pyelonephritis by her physician yesterday, treated with an intramuscular injection of antibiotic and sent home on an oral antibiotic. She is vomiting today and unable to keep the antibiotic down. As you prepare to admit her, you feel she should have been admitted yesterday.

Should you tell the parents that their physician made a mistake? How should you handle this disagreement?


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