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Analysis Of Malpractice Claims Leads To Best Practice List

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Crico/RMF, insurers of Havard-affiliated hospitals, are using medical malpractice claims to help figure out how to reduce future lawsuits. By mining through old claims, they have been able to identify key factors in missed diagnoses in the emergency room.

One of the more relevant findings was an increased reliance on electronic communication instead of face-to-face communication. This was a key factor in doctor-nurse communication breakdowns, often happening at critical junctures. Because of this, the hospitals involved in the emergency medicine leadership summit created a list of best practices that should be used to help prevent emergency room mishaps.

Some physicians feel that the analysis of claims can be useful, it doesn’t take in to consideration the often overcrowded and chaotic conditions of the emergency room.  Roger Brand, an ER physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania says, “Every one of these malpractice cases sounds fairly egregious when you look at it after the fact, but the real-time environment in which we have to make decisions can be a completely different scenario.”

He also said, “There are tangible things we can fix, like making sure we get the call back from radiology on time, but we’ve outstripped the capacity of the emergency-medicine system in a lot of ways, and we are asked to do a job where it’s oftentimes not realistic to be 100% perfect.” disclaimer: This article: Analysis Of Malpractice Claims Leads To Best Practice List was posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 7:50 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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