Malpractice Risks in Emergency Medicine
Documentation Dos and Don’ts
Current, complete records which assist diagnosis and treatment, and which communicate pertinent information to other caregivers also provide excellent records for risk management purposes. Missing, incomplete, or illegible documentation can seriously impede patient care and the defense of a malpractice claim, even when the care was appropriate.
Repeat ED Visits, Delayed Diagnosis, Lost Ovary
A case where a sign-out checklist or documentation of an order may have prevented the patient's poor outcome.
Legal Report: Follow Up Falls On MDs
Physician responsibility when patients don't keep appointments or test results don't come back.
Forum: Reducing Risk During Handoffs
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