About four of every 100,000 Emergency Department (ED) visits result in an allegation of medical malpractice. The analysis below of 1,300 medical malpractice cases involving emergency care, provides insight into what is driving these claims. Because their care is episodic and fragmented, ED patients present multiple care and management challenges, especially in the diagnostic process. The following summarizes what goes wrong and why in a busy ED:
▪ 47% of ED cases allege a failure to diagnose
▪ 39% of ED cases alleging missed diagnosis cite a judgment error related to ordering a test or image
▪ 41% of diagnosis-related ED cases involve inadequate assessment leading to premature erroneous discharge
▪ Community hospital-based physicians and nurses are named twice as frequently in ED medical malpractice cases as are physicians and nurses in academic medical centers
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