Errors in Triage
Emergency room doctors, are medical doctors specializing in emergency medicine. Emergency rooms are high-stress environments and such environments can result in a mistake, misdiagnosis or other error. To top it off, not everyone coming to an emergency room is equally sick, or equally in need of immediate attention. Patients need to undergo a triage assessment, and the nurses or others who make these assessments as to which patients require the most urgent treatment, can make mistakes. Such mistakes can result in the misdiagnosis of major, life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack or stroke. Emergency room mistakes can also include surgery mistakes and surgical errors, failure to diagnose, failure to treat and other negligence. Increases in wait time can increase the likelihood of death for some patients. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff must be vigilant and properly assess patients in emergency rooms.
Seek counsel from an experienced medical malpractice attorney, if you think you or a loved one has been hurt due to a failure to properly triage patients in an ER.