What Causes Emergency Department Malpractice?
There are a lot of things that can directly contribute to malpractice in an emergency department. Most often, it is the busy nature of the facility combined with under-staffing. This leads to overworked and fatigued staff and a disordered atmosphere, facilitating mistakes. Some emergency departments also suffer from policies that do not put the safety of the patient first—or instances where staff deviates from written policy.
Medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, are expected to uphold a certain standard of care. This is defined as the level and type of care that should be expected from a reasonably competent and skilled healthcare professional.
Common forms of emergency departments errors include:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Neglect from emergency personnel
- Incorrect medication
- Discharge without proper examination
- Failure to call in a specialist
- Failure to recommend admission to the hospital
- Failure to request follow up
- Contaminated blood transfusion
- Incorrect tracking of patients
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