Report: ER Patient Not Assigned Doctor For 2 Days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An emergency room patient went two days without being assigned a doctor at a Los Angeles hospital.

The Los Angeles Times on Friday cites a memo by Olive View-UCLA Medical Center’s patient safety officer. The Oct. 12 memo says a paperwork mix-up meant the patient received medical care but it wasn’t documented.

It doesn’t identify the patient’s condition.

The memo says the patient was admitted to a county teaching hospital in Sylmar by a medical student who incorrectly filled out the paperwork. It listed a doctor’s name but the physician wasn’t called for two days.

The memo says it might not be an isolated incident.

State and county health officials are investigating.

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