Choosing the Right Shot
An 89-year-old was supposed to receive a tetanus shot, after suffering a cut on his head. The ER physician accidentally ordered a polio vaccine instead. MedAware identified the mistake, and the patient received the correct vaccine.
If given the wrong shot, the patient may have contracted a tetanus infection, which could have resulted in uncontrolled muscle spasms, leading to an inability to swallow and breathe.