‘Common Causes of Medical Negligence in Emergency Departments’

The HSE has paid out over €832 million on medical negligence cases since 2014, and payouts have totalled €108 million for the first five months of 2019. In fact, in the past five years payouts have increased by 365%, jumping from €59 million in 2014 to €215 million in 2018.

In this webinar, Emergency Consultant Dr. Jean O’Sullivan outlines common clinical patterns where error and omissions of care are most likely to occur, and what reasonable actions Emergency Departments should take to make their environments safer for patients. Dr. O’Sullivan specifically advises us on what information should be sought beyond discovery of clinical notes.


Dr. Jean O’Sullivan is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Tallaght Hospital and a senior lecturer in Emergency Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. She was the Medical Adviser to the recent Personal Injury Commission chaired by Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns and has recently been appointed to the Board of the PIAB.

Dr. O’Sullivan is a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland and has worked as a medico-legal expert since 2008. She is a Director of Medico-Legal Ireland, Dublin.

Dr. O’Sullivan became a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine, London in 2008 and in 2012 successfully completed a Diploma in Forensic and Medico-Legal Medicine at University College Dublin.

In 2008 she founded an international charity, Global Emergency Care Skills, and has worked extensively throughout Africa. In 2004 Dr. O’Sullivan was awarded Membership of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. In 2003 she was awarded a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and in the same year was awarded the Membership Examination in Accident and Emergency Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dr. O’Sullivan is an honours graduate of University College Cork (1999).

Category of CPD: Category A (General)
Duration: 0.62 Hours

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