Sunday, November 21, 2010

Medical Error in the White House

A recent article in the New York Times describes the experiences of a physician whose job was to be Physician in Chief to the sitting US president. It contains some fascinating nuggets; "White House doctors have erred. Air Force One carries antibiotics and other drugs, as well as several pints of blood reserved for the president and first lady. In 1994, when Mr. Clinton was planning a foreign trip, Dr. Mariano wrote, Dr. Bob Ramsey, an Army colonel and a blood specialist in the White House medical unit, gave doctors at the host hospitals the wrong blood type for the president, a potentially fatal medical error, and Dr. Ramsey was fired."

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