Articles and Insights on Hospitals

FEB 08, 2017
Did Failure to Consider Patient's Morbid Obesity Lead to Fall?
Julie M. Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety
It is imperative that hospitals provide employees with training and guidance that specifically addresses caring for morbidly obese patients.

JAN 05, 2017
The Faintest Ink
Carol Murray, RHIA, CPHRM, Patient Safety/Risk Manager II.
Complete and timely documentation of the medical record not only enhances patient care, but it also serves to strengthen your credibility if you are called upon to defend that care.

AUG 11, 2016
Missed Opportunities
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Miscommunication and missed opportunities resulting from hurried handoffs can produce fatal results.

JUL 26, 2016
CANDOR Toolkit: Physicians Now Have the Right Tools to Do the Right Thing After an Adverse Event
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit to help hospitals and doctors communicate openly and effectively with patients after adverse events.

DEC 08, 2015
New Early Warning Criteria Could Reduce Maternal Mortality
Susan Mann, MD
Guest author Dr. Susan Mann reports on a new initiative to address the significant increase in maternal deaths.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

APR 20, 2015
Mid-level Practitioner Liability—Preventive Action and Loss Reduction Plan
This booklet can help practitioners avoid liability risks when hiring or working with mid-level practitioners.

FEB 25, 2015
Documenting Staff Competency
Nurses, medical assistants, and other clinical staff must be properly trained and certified. Physicians, or qualified supervisors, should observe staff members as they conduct specific procedures and document their performance.

NOV 18, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Ancillary Care Areas: Diagnostic Ultrasound
Diagnostic ultrasound can create areas of potential malpractice exposure; this guide can help uncover risks.

NOV 18, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Ancillary Care Areas: Pharmacy
The pharmacy department can create areas of potential malpractice exposure; this guide can help uncover risks.

NOV 07, 2013
Integrating Physician Practices into a Hospital-Based Risk Management Program
Amy Wasdin, RN, CPHRM
Overseeing risk management programs for acquired physician practices can be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned hospital risk manager. This article provides tips for risk managers to identify and assess liability in an office setting.

OCT 25, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Ancillary Care Areas: Medical Records
Medical records can create areas of potential malpractice exposure; this guide can help uncover risks.

JUL 22, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Credentialing and Privileging: Non-Physician Practitioners
Credentialing and privileging of non-physician practitioners can create areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

JUL 22, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Credentialing and Privileging: Medical Staff
Credentialing and privileging of medical staff can create areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

JUL 22, 2013
Perceptions of Obesity: An Opportunity to Improve Patient Safety
Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN
Understanding biases and attitudes toward obese patients can enable providers to improve patient care and outcomes.

JUL 01, 2013
Safe Handling of Medical Gas Cylinders
Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CHFM
These recommendations can help healthcare facilities handle compressed medical gas cylinders safely and stay in compliance with standards.

JUN 01, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Pathology/Laboratory
Pathology/laboratory services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

MAY 30, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Emergency Medicine Services
Emergency medicine services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

MAY 29, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Biomedical/Preventive Maintenance
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

MAY 28, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Environment of Care
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

MAY 27, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Patient Rooms
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

MAY 26, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Security
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

APR 23, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Behavioral Health
The behavioral health department can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

FEB 28, 2013
TIA Recognition and Management
David B. Troxel, MD
Failure to recognize subtle transient neurologic deficits as a transient ischemic attack or a harbinger of impending stroke can lead to a claim if a stroke subsequently occurs.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

FEB 26, 2013
Changing Times, Changing Practices
Siobhan S. Dunnavant, MD, FACOG
This article outlines a hospitalist model designed to enhance patient safety, reduce malpractice risk, and improve physician quality of life.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

FEB 01, 2013
Clinical Departments: Surgery and Operating Room
The surgery and operating room can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

FEB 01, 2013
Interactive Guide for Obstetrical Practices
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your obstetrical practice.

JAN 16, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Pediatrics
The pediatrics department can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

DEC 14, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Obstetrics (OB) Units
This guide can help uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in the obstetrics (OB) unit.

NOV 25, 2012
End-Tidal CO2 Challenge in the Obstetric Operating Room
Susan K. Palmer, MD, and Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN
The ability to detect and continuously monitor end-tidal CO2 is a requirement for providers of general anesthesia, but misinterpretation of a monitor's information may create a problem.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

NOV 21, 2012
Interactive Guide for Anesthesiology Services
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your anesthesiology services.

NOV 21, 2012
Interactive Guide for Orthopedic Physicians
Our interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of malpractice exposure in your orthopedic practice.

NOV 20, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Special Care/Intensive Care Units
Special care/intensive care units can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

NOV 18, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Nursing Services
Nursing services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

OCT 01, 2012
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Electronic Medical Records
This interactive guide focuses on risks seen in office practices that use an electronic medical record (EMR).

SEP 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
The postanesthesia care unit (PACU) can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

AUG 04, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Anesthesia
The anesthesia department can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

AUG 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Emergency Medicine Physicians
The practice of emergency medicine can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

JUN 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Infection Control
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your hospital's infection control policies and procedures.

APR 16, 2012
Medication-Related Errors and Liability: What Can You Do?
David B. Troxel, MD
This article outlines strategies for mitigation of medication-related errors.

APR 16, 2012
Sinus Surgery: Key Lessons in Malpractice Risk
David W. Roberson, MD
An analysis of closed otolaryngology claims identified risk management issues such as possible technical problems and inadequate informed consent.

APR 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Medication Management System Review
Medication management systems can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

MAR 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Medication Management
Medication management can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

FEB 08, 2012
Imperative Conversations: Managing Transitions of Care in the Hospital
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Standardizing the handoff process has been shown to lower rates of perceived near-miss events and adverse outcomes.

JAN 05, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: How to Use This Interactive Guide
These instructions are for our Interactive Guide for Hospitals, which is designed to help you uncover areas in your hospital that could create liability risks.

JAN 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Organizational Structure: Leadership, Patient Safety, Risk Management, and Performance Improvement
Your hospital's leadership and organizational structure can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

JUL 26, 2011
Medical Simulation: The New Frontier in Patient Safety
Dieter Zimmer, MHA, FAAMA; Marion Y. Constable, MSN, CNM; Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, DSc
Medical simulation offers an effective way for physicians to hone their technical expertise in a safe learning environment.

DEC 20, 2010
Fire Safety in the Surgical Suite
Susan K. Palmer, MD, and Ernest E. Allen
Besides conducting annual fire drills that include what to do if a fire occurs on a patient, it is also wise to review fire risks in high-risk procedures prior to the start of the surgical procedure.

AUG 01, 2010
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Hospitalists
The practice of hospital medicine can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

JUN 22, 2010
Hospitalists: New Specialty and New Risks
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, and Kathleen Stillwell, MPA, RN
By understanding the problems that can occur during handoffs and planning effective communications, hospitalists can minimize risk and enhance patient safety.

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