When you go to the emergency room, you expect to receive prompt and effective treatment. Unfortunately, you may fall victim to medical mistakes in the emergency department. Emergency room errors are surprisingly common-there are as many as ten million mistakes in emergency rooms each year.
This is a troubling statistic. When you seek emergency treatment, the last thing you want is more harm done to you. There are a variety of potential mistakes that may endanger your health and safety. Here are some common types.
Diagnosis errors are common in the busy environments of emergency rooms. Misdiagnoses include failure to diagnose your condition, giving you the wrong diagnosis or failing to order the necessary diagnostic tests. Failing to receive treatment or getting treatment for the wrong condition may result in severe health complications.
2. Medication mistakes
The doctor or nurse may give you medications to treat your emergency injury or illness. Something may go wrong during the process of prescribing and administering medication due to a misdiagnosis or breakdown in communication. Potential errors include administering the incorrect drugs, prescribing the wrong medication or mixing medications with adverse reactions.
3. Improper discharge
When it is time for you to leave the emergency room, you should receive complete instructions. The staff must inform you about any ongoing treatment or medications. Your doctor should also follow up with you. Sometimes patients also get discharged prematurely. These mistakes often happen because emergency departments are hectic, but everyone must still adhere to the proper standard of care.
4. Delay in treatment
What may start as a small medical problem may turn severe if you do not receive treatment in a timely manner. If you are left untreated for hours in the emergency room, your condition may worsen.
If you are the victim of any of these errors, you may be able to sue the emergency department doctor with the help of a medical malpractice lawyer.