Oscars’ big snafu and the AMA Code of Medical Ethics

The accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers issued a public apology for the errors that led to the mistaken announcement of “La La Land,” rather than “Moonlight” as the winner of this year’s best-picture Oscar. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred,” the firm said in a statement.

Delivering the wrong Oscar envelope is a far cry from delivering the wrong medication to a patient. The Academy Awards oops led to some awkward moments watched by millions worldwide, but no one was injured. That is not always the case when things go wrong in medicine. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics has guidance for physicians on the proper handling of medical errors.

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