Emergency Room Malpractice

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Emergency Room doctors often commit malpractice by failing to quickly rule out the most dangerous, life-threatening causes.

A patient coming in with chest pain might simply be having anxiety, or acid reflux, or pulled a muscle. 

But if there are other important facts, that patient may be having a vascular catastrophe like:

  • pulmonary embolism -- blood clot to the lung
  • aortic dissection -- a tearing of the biggest artery in the body that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body
  • heart attack (myocardial infarction) -- blockage of major coronary blood vessels that feed the heart muscle
  • stroke -- either bleeding in the brain or blockage of a blood vessel in the brain

If pulmonary embolism is suspected, a specific CT scan needs to be ordered, called CT pulmonary angiogram.

If aortic dissection is suspected, CTA -- a special CT with arterial contrast enhancement -- must be done. 

If a heart attack is suspected, repeat EKGs are required, and a special lab for troponins needs to be ordered and re-ordered and trended.

If a stroke is suspected, a head CT and CTA must be done, depending on the situation. Certain strokes can be treated with clot-busting medications but only within a short window of time from the onset of symptoms. 

Malpractice happens when a provider should have worked up and ruled out a dangerous diagnosis but instead settled on or "anchored" on a more benign, non-urgent diagnosis, dismissing or ignoring the life-threatening diagnoses.

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