Emergency departments or emergency rooms (ERs) are very often overcrowded and chaotic. This are also places where patients, who are not aware of ER policies on who should get treated first, demand immediate medical treatment (regardless of the type of health issue they have), but are often made to wait very long before finally being provided the treatment they seek. Long waits at ERs is due to the ER policy, which is treatment being based on the severity of patients’ condition; thus, a person with a more severe condition will need to be treated first even if he or she arrives much later than someone else whose health condition is not really serious ( or one may describe as a matter of life or death). The severity of health condition is assessed by one called a “triage” nurse.
On major concern in many hospitals’ emergency departments is overworked or stressed doctors, nurses and other members of the medical staff on duty due to the continuous arrival of patients, who demand immediate treatment; other reasons for being over worked are lack of personnel or when specialist physicians decline to render service. Stress and fatigue often result to poor communication and lack of collaboration between nurses and doctors which, in turn, lead to incorrect assessment of real health complaints or wrong diagnosis. This is the basis of the thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits, which ERs are very frequently recipients of.
Very common in ERs too is the mix-up of patient information which happens especially during shift changes. This leads to further mistakes, including prescription of wrong medication, medical decisions made despite lack of essential information about patient, and lack of timely access to laboratory and/or radiology reports.
While some hospitals are able to effectively and efficiently address their ER concerns, many others lag behind and just seem unable to put order in their ER. The real danger here is that every time a medical mistake is committed, a person is made to suffer more; at other times, a life is lost. Patients will always have the right to require medical attention, which may not be prompt at times, but which should always be correct and effective.
Patients who receive poor or improper medical treatment in an emergency room should neither hesitate nor delay contacting a medical malpractice or personal injury lawyer, who may be able to help them secure the compensation they deserve.
According to the Bruner Law Firm, few medical practitioners and providers (including hospitals) fail to live up to the standards of care for medical professionals in their field and may in fact be determined to have breached the duty of care owed to their patients. Too often, due to medical malpractice and medical negligence, patients suffer serious injury or even death. A medical malpractice lawyer or attorney may be able to render the assistance needed to help the victims and their families as they attempt to cope with the consequences of the negligent acts of a medical provider.Read More