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Risk of Medical Errors by ED Doctors Linked to Interruptions
Health Leaders Media

Emergency department physicians are badgered by interruptions, many of which cause them to change tasks, leave tasks unfinished, and predispose them to making medical errors.

In a normal two-hour period, an academic emergency room physician may treat as many as 16 patients at the same time, but interact with as many as 132 individuals. In a community hospital setting, emergency room doctors treat as many as 12 patients simultaneously, and interacted with as many as 101.