My most fortunate mistakeBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4588 (Published 11 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4588
- Andrew Riordan, consultant in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology, Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
It was my first day on call as a paediatric registrar and nearly my last—I missed a case of meningococcal disease. A concerned looking doctor in the emergency department came to find me, and being new to the hospital I didn’t know she was the department’s consultant. She took me to see a toddler, saying, “This is the rash we see with meningococcal disease.” Emily, who was sitting on her mother’s lap, smiled at me. She had a fever of …
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