Emergency Department Patient Deaths Memphis VA Medical Center Memphis, Tennessee – Healthcare Inspection – Dept of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General – 23 October 2013

Posted on November 5, 2013. Filed under: Emergency Medicine, Health Informatics, Patient Safety |

Emergency Department Patient Deaths Memphis VA Medical Center Memphis, Tennessee – Healthcare Inspection – Dept of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General – 23 October 2013

Deaths at VA hosptial blamed on poor EHR use – Government Health IT – 1 November 2013

“Three recent deaths at the Memphis VA Medical Center emergency department could probably have been prevented with better communication, documentation and layout design, according to an investigation by the Veterans Administration Inspector General.

After receiving an anonymous complaint describing potential inadequate care incidents at the Memphis VA Medical Center’s 22 bed ED, the VA OIG reviewed committee minutes, relevant documents, and the electronic health records of the patients, and largely substantiated the claims, finding physicians missing nurse notes and EHR alerts, and a poor ED design leaving some patients only partly monitored.”

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