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Emergency Room Error2019-03-22T17:38:25+00:00

QUICK FACTS:

  • Most Emergency Room mistakes are preventable. Even if it’s not intentional, an act of negligence can still lead to the healthcare provider being held accountable for your injuries.
  • Common causes of emergency room errors include the following:
    •  Lack of equipment or resources
       Overcrowding
       Staff stressed and/or fatigued
       Low staffing
       Inexperience/lack of training
       Shortage of hospital beds
       Deviating from standard protocol
       Rushing from one patient to another
       Not obtaining medical history
      (Source: HG.org)

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EMERGENCY ROOM MALPRACTICE

ERs are fast paced and busy environments. This is because emergencies occur every minute of every day.  People need medical help because they become injured in a car crash, by fire, when they slip and fall and by acts of violence.  In addition to injuries caused by accidents, life-threatening conditions, such as a heart attack, a stroke, an allergic reaction, a seizure or an aortic dissection, likewise can occur at any given time. As a result, patients rely on ER’s to provide them with crucial and needed care on a 24//7 basis.

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control that more than 100 million ER patient visits occur every year throughout the United States.  It is further estimated that diagnosis and treatment mistakes occur in 10-15 percent of these ER patient visits.  This translates into 5-10 million patient ER diagnosis and treatment mistakes, ranging from minor to life-threatening, occurring each year. Unfortunately, patient overcrowding in ER’s and under staffing by medical personnel creates a fertile ground for serious diagnosis and treatment mistakes to
be made.

When a patient first presents to the ER, the patient is “triaged” by the ER staff. This is the procedure by which the ER staff determines which patient needs to be seen immediately and those patients who can wait. A mistake during the triage process can be the difference between “life and death.”

COMMON ER MISTAKES

  • Misdiagnosing a heart attack as a GI related issue.
  • Failing to properly interpret an EKG.
  • Failing to diagnose a stroke in a timely manner when anticoagulant medications, such as tPA, could have been administered.
  • Misinterpreting an x-ray or other radiologic studies.
  • Failing to diagnose an aortic dissection.
  • Failing to diagnose appendicitis.
  • Failing to diagnose a brain infection, such as meningitis or encephalitis.
  • Failing to diagnose a spinal epidural abscess.
  • Failing to diagnose a brain bleed.
  • Failing to diagnose a spine fracture.
  • Causing nerve damage when inserting an IV line or drawing blood.

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