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?
- A dispute between two parties.
- Burden of proof is based on a "preponderance of evidence".
- Punishment is monetary without threat for incarceration.
- 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.
One of the best risk management strategies is clear discharge instructions.
- Estimated that half of lawsuits in EM are related in someway to discharge planning.
Instructions should be time specific and action specific and include what to return to the ER for.
At a recent resident lecture series, the CUH ED residents learn about medical malpractice from Dr. John Cafaro with the help of some faculty experts and the Director of Risk Management, Ms. Eileen Craig. This post will dive into some documentation pearls.