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Possible causes of medical errors in emergency rooms

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Emergency departments can be high stress environments in which medical professionals may be tasked with providing swift medical care for a variety of health conditions. While emergency room doctors typically undergo extensive studying and training to practice in the ER, this does not make them immune to error. Unfortunately, medical errors in similar settings can carry dire health repercussions for a patient in North Carolina. 

Prevalent concerns 

There are numerous concerns that remain unfortunately common in emergency room settings. Doctors who work in similar environments may be more prone to struggling with fatigue, and issues of this nature could affect their performance. Studies suggest that ER doctors may also face challenges with burnout, which might increase the risks of errors or negligence. 

Emergency rooms can also be busy environments at times, which might only act to increase the risks of distractions or interruptions in treatment. ER doctors may also be tasked with making swift decisions that could lead to errors that prompt an improper path of care for a patient. Studies also indicate that lack of communication in an ER setting and failure to property monitor ER patients are two more issues that remain common in similar departments. 

Medical negligence 

While patients who visit an emergency room may need swift medical care, they may still expect to receive a certain standard of treatment. Regardless of how it occurs, medical errors could pose a dire threat to one’s well-being and may lead to lack of proper care or act to cause one’s condition to further deteriorate. Individuals in North Carolina who suffer harm or loss due to similar issues may have questions about their available legal avenues and they could consider speaking with an attorney for advice on their options and the best course of action to take.