How to Manage Malpractice Risk in Your Emergency Department

From HealthLeaders Media:

A Coverys report published today on malpractice claims in EDs is based on an analysis of more than 1,300 medical liability claims from 2014 to 2018. The report features several key data points:

  • EDs accounted for about 13% of all medical liability claims. Surgery was the top target for medical liability claims, accounting for about 26% of claims.
  • Failure or delay in making a diagnosis accounted for 56% of ED claims.
  • Cardiac and vascular illnesses were the most common conditions identified on ED claims, accounting for 23% of the total, followed by infections (18%) and neurological conditions (8%).
  • More than one-third of ED claims involved the death of a patient.
  • The top risk management issues in EDs were clinical judgment (44%), clinical systems (10%), and documentation including electronic health records (10%).

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