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Cognitive processing issues may equal emergency room error

When someone experiences a medical emergency, going to the hospital is often the best course of action. Hospital staff members can assess issues and hopefully determine the problem and find the most applicable treatment options. Of course, not every hospital visit has the desired outcomes, and a emergency room error could easily lead to patient suffering or even death.

New Jersey residents may be interested in a recent study examining ER errors. The study indicates that many of these mistakes occur due to the cognitive shortcomings of medical staff rather than technological issues. Unfortunately, medical mistakes cause approximately 250,000 fatalities every year in the United States, and doctors often make mistakes even when they have the correct information regarding a particular patient and his or her condition.

In emergency rooms in particular, medical staff are often interrupted due to the various activities going on and the many patients passing through. They also often do not have all or the right information. Still, it appears that issues leading to mistakes often connect more with the way in which staff members process the information rather than not having the right knowledge or information.

When an emergency room error takes place, no matter the cause, a patient could face a fatal outcome. Regrettably, this type of situation is not uncommon. If New Jersey residents have lost loved ones due to medical mistakes made in the ER, they may want to consider their legal options. Filing a medical malpractice claim could suit their particular circumstances if they wish to seek compensation for wrongful death.

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