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Report: Majority of legal claims related to emergency department care due to delayed diagnosis

from Fierce Healthcare

More than half the allegations filed against hospitals due to emergency department care come from cases where there is a delay or failure to make a diagnosis, according to a new report from medical professional liability insurance provider Coverys. "The ED is a really unique environment. They don't have the luxury of having multiple visits with patients where they get to know the patient, where they can really think about the diagnosis in a non-urgent type of a situation," Ann Burke, who is the director of risk management at Coverys and a lead author on the report, told FierceHealthcare. "Basically they have one chance to get it right." more

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