Why Hospitalists And ED Doctors Don’t Communicate

From the Journal of Medicine:

Researchers who looked at transfers between the ED and the medical service in an urban academic center were surprised to find that problems went far beyond inaccurate or incomplete vital-sign information. Instead, they say it’s more often about system flaws—overcrowding, high workload and lagging technology—that intensify the pressure.

In a recent study 40 respondents described 36 specific incidents of errors in diagnosis, treatment and disposition that caused patients harm or a near miss.

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