Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Department

From Managed Healthcare Executive:

The report, “A Dose of Insight — Emergency Department Risks: Through the Lens of Liability Claims” is based on an analysis of ED-related closed medical professional liability claims at Coverys across a five-year period from 2014 to 2018.

Overall, the report shows that EDs are the fourth-most common area to trigger a malpractice claim in healthcare settings—potentially making this a huge area of concern. The report also finds that:

  • 56% of claims involved a failure or delay in making a diagnosis
  • The most common conditions cited in allegations are cardiac or vascular illnesses (23%) and infections (18%)
  • 32% of the ED allegations involve permanent injuries and 38% involve grave injury or death
  • 49% of all medication-related allegations involve three types of medications: antibiotics, opioids, and anticoagulants.

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