A missed diagnosis gives illness or disease time to worsen. A Pittsburgh patient can be endangered further by being treated for a problem he or she doesn't have. An immediate diagnosis may not be possible, but physicians are obliged to provide a high quality standard of care without inflicting unnecessary harm.
A man suffering abdominal pain last May was taken to a hospital, where he died several hours later. The man was relegated to a portion of the emergency room for noncritical cases. A nurse administered half a dozen doses of morphine.