What are the most common emergency room errors?

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

Emergency rooms are often chaotic environments where split-second decisions can mean the difference between life and death. While most ER staff work tirelessly to provide the best possible care, mistakes can still happen.

Understanding the most common mistakes made in the ER helps you protect your family.

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis

One of the most frequent emergency room errors is misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. This can occur when symptoms get overlooked, test results get misinterpreted or someone orders the wrong tests. Misdiagnosis can lead to inappropriate treatment or a delay in receiving the necessary care, which can have serious consequences for the patient.

Medication errors

Another common mistake in the ER is medication errors. This can include administering the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or failing to consider potential drug interactions. Medication errors can be particularly dangerous for patients with allergies or pre-existing medical conditions.

Inadequate monitoring

In the fast-paced environment of the emergency room, patients may not receive the proper monitoring they need. This can lead to undetected changes in vital signs, delayed recognition of complications or failure to respond to a patient’s deteriorating condition in a timely manner.

Infection control lapses

Emergency rooms are high-risk areas for the spread of infections. Lapses in infection control protocols, such as failing to properly sterilize equipment or not following hand hygiene guidelines, can put patients at risk of contracting dangerous infections such as sepsis or MRSA.

If you believe that you or a loved one experienced an emergency room error, it is essential to document the incident and seek appropriate guidance to protect your rights and well-being.