Could New York Emergency Rooms do a Better Job of Preventing Medical Malpractice?

You went to the emergency room because you had a significant health issue that you believed needed immediate care. If the care you received was negligent and your condition was undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, then you know the serious problems that can result. You know that your life was put in danger and that others have lost their lives to emergency room mistakes, but did you know that there are steps emergency rooms can take to help prevent medical malpractice injuries?

Potential Emergency Room Changes That Could Reduce Medical Malpractice Injuries

Specifically, New York emergency rooms should consider*:
  • A revised triage system where both a doctor and a nurse perform intake on a patient. This would allow both professionals to ask questions and listen to the responses, thereby potentially decreasing errors based on incomplete or misunderstood information.
  • Creating separate triage areas for certain specialties such as pediatrics, obstetrics and psychiatry. This could allow patients with these special medical needs to be seen by doctors and nurses who have experience working with patients with specific needs.
  • Encouraging old-fashioned face-to-face communication in addition to electronic communication. Sometimes information that is shared electronically is incomplete. A combination of face to face communication and electronic communication could prevent these types of mistakes.
  • Using "time outs" before discharge. This would allow doctors and nurses to carefully evaluate any changes that have occurred during the emergency room stay and whether any more information is needed in making a correct a diagnosis and treatment plan.

What to Do if You've Been Injured by Emergency Room Medical Malpractice in New York

For a person who has been injured, or who has lost a loved one, because of medical malpractice in a New York emergency room, the changes described above are promising, yet they do not change your situation. In order to recover damages for the injuries you have incurred or the loss you have suffered it is important to contact a New York medical malpractice attorney.

The experienced New York medical malpractice lawyers of the Pagan Law Firm are committed to helping medical malpractice victims recover the damages to which they are legally entitled. Please contact us at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to talk with a New York personal injury lawyer about your rights and potential recovery.

*Source: Landro, Laura, Hospitals Overhaul ERs to Reduce Mistakes, The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2011