Medico-legal error in the Emergency Department

What can we learn from medico-legal cases about the most common errors in the Emergency Department? Two studies of closed malpractice claims from adult patients highlight the importance of misdiagnosis, especially for MI, fraction, infection and appy: An Epidemiologic Study of Closed Emergency Department Malpractice Claims in a National Database of Physician Malpractice Insurers. Acad…

missed appendicitis

Appendicitis classically presents as RLQ pain, fever, vomiting without diarrhea, a high WBC and normal UA. But pattern recognition is a great way to miss appendicitis–especially in children, women and the elderly–as the following studies makes clear.   CHILDREN The implications of missed opportunities to diagnose appendicitis in children. Acad Emerg Med 2013 Jun;20(6):592-6. In…