Types of Emergency Room Errors
When someone unexpectedly sustains an injury or has some kind of emergency health condition, they go to an emergency room to receive treatment. This is a place where a number of patients are waiting to be seen, all dealing with their own ailments. This environment can be chaotic, opening the door for potential emergency room errors that can impact the patient.
Physicians, nurses, surgeons, and anyone else who may come in contact with a patient in an emergency room has a duty to provide the highest level of care. With many emergency rooms understaffed or staffed with overworked employees, it is no surprise that there are a high number of emergency room errors in medical malpractice lawsuits. These errors are entirely preventable and when they do happen, the negligent party should be held accountable.
Here are some common emergency room errors:
- Neglect. With so many patients entering the ER, the risk of a patient being neglected for an extended period of time increases. This means that they may not receive treatment in a timely manner. With some conditions, failure to act quickly can cause serious harm to the patient, including the worsening of a developing condition.
- Medication errors. Because patients who enter the emergency room are often dealing with severe pain, they are provided with medication to help ease their suffering. If the treating physician does not inquire regarding possible drug allergies or they administer too much of the medication, it can result in serious adverse reactions or even an overdose.
- Delayed or missed diagnosis. The physician is supposed to run tests to help determine what the condition is and what kind of treatment is necessary. If a diagnosis is not made in a timely manner or is incorrect, the treatment may be ineffective. Proper diagnosis must be made in order to make sure the correct treatment is provided.
- Contamination. In all of the hustle and bustle of an ER environment, a doctor may forget to change out a piece of equipment from one patient to the next. Contaminated equipment that is not properly sterilized can cause a patient to suffer further illness.
Baltimore Medical Malpractice Attorneys
At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers understand the potential dangers associated with emergency room errors. We want to make sure injury victims have the legal counsel they need to seek compensation after sustaining a serious injury as a result of medical negligence. We encourage you to discover your legal rights and options with our firm today.
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