"Hey, did you follow up on the patient's blood work?"
"Oh, I thought it was a lab error," said my intern.
"The numbers were crazy. I'd never seen numbers like that. I figured it was a mistake. That's why I didn't want to bother you."
"Did you re-run it?"
"Then how do you know it was a lab error?"
"Because he seems okay."
"And what if it's not a lab error?"
"I don't know. Then he's screwed."
"Exactly. So we need to act like it's possible the blood work wasn't a mistake. Which means re-running it, quickly, to check. And coming up with a plan in case it's not an error."
"But I don't know what to do if it's not a mistake."
"And that's why you're supposed to tell me instead of ignoring it and waiting for me to ask about it three hours later."
"Oh. So I should re-do the blood work?"
"And I should do that right away?"
"Before I eat lunch?"