ED observation units mean fewer missed diagnoses

Kusterbeck, Staci
April 2007
ED Legal Letter;Apr2007, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p44
The article discusses the significance of observation units in an emergency department (ED). According to Michael A. Ross, director of the emergency observation unit at William Beaumont Hospital, observation units significantly decrease an emergency physician's liability risk. A study conducted by Ross and other researchers found that the rate of missed myocardial infarction diagnosis in EDs with an observation unit was less that 0.5% while the rate in EDs without an observation unit was 4.5%.


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