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Critical Cases - Back pain bounceback!

A 55 year old male presents to the ED with complaints of anterior chest pain radiating through to the thoracic area X 2 days...you mentally run through a check list of the potential "red flag" signs/symptoms for serious back pain before you enter the room. Will this be another benign musculoskeletal pain or something more sinister?

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Advanced Practice: "Signs and Symptoms You Would Like to be Sued for Malpractice"

Read on for a summary of a lecture from Dr. Richard Byrne on common themes in ED malpractice. Knowledge of the high risk patients and diagnoses is the first and best defense against diagnostic error!

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MedMalMonthly: Legal Primer

Civil Law:

  • A dispute between two parties.
  • Burden of proof is based on a "preponderance of evidence".
  • Punishment is monetary without threat for incarceration. 

Criminal Law:

  • Government or state brings action against an individual/ entity accused of wrongdoing.
  • Burdern of proof is "beyond a reasonable doubt".
  • Punishment is incarceration or fines. 

Negligence - There are 4 elements. 

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