Worth correcting ER documentation?
October 9, 2013 10:30 AM Subscribe
My friend took their child to the ER for a psych evaluation. There are mistakes in the report from the hospital. Should they bother to address them?
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats to health & fitness (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My friend took their child to the ER a few weeks ago, because their (fairly young) child was in crisis. My friend gave a detailed history. My friend was referred to some support services. But my friend called her own pediatrician and lobbied until emergency consultation with a psychiatrist was made available and now it seems that they are working with someone very reputable and able to provide support. My friend just went to their GP (family doctor) and saw the report from the ER. It is full of a lot of mistakes and makes my friend sound like an ineffective parent. It is also missing big pieces about why they took their child to the ER and has a lot of mistakes in terms of what had transpired. I won't provide the details because I don't want to say anything that might identify the family.
Because of how the Canadian medical system works, this file will probably be in their child's medical records forever or at least until the child reaches the age of majority.
Should my friend look to correct these records? Or will anyone care about the mistakes made by an over-worked and over-tired resident who is probably still learning how to do this stuff? The family is working with a pediatric psychiatrist now for weekly appointments and feel like they are going to get proper help and support and full attention. However, the parent is concerned that these mistakes may follow the child forever, although they are unsure whether anyone will care about one ER visit many years from now.
This is in BC.