APR 17, 2017 Prescribing Opioids Safely: How to Have Difficult Patient Conversations Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioids account for over 60 percent of those deaths. Building a strong doctor-patient rapport can help facilitate tough conversations with patients about opioid prescriptions and reduce risks that could lead to malpractice suits.
JAN 05, 2017 Patient Safety Strategies for Emergency Medicine Sonny Nguyen, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management, Northwest Region In emergency medicine, doctors can reduce potential liability by following risk management strategies, such as establishing clear protocols for tests and radiology follow-up.
NOV 29, 2016 Watch for the Signs: Screen All Patients for Suicidal Thoughts Patients with suicidal thoughts or ideation appear occasionally in physician encounters. Any patient, no matter what issue is being treated and in any setting, could be at risk for suicide. A consistent and formal screening process, plus a response plan, will protect both the patient and the physician.
AUG 09, 2016 What Doctors Need to Know About Zika Dan Wright, JD, RN, vice president of patient safety, The Doctors Company Physicians across the U.S. should practice vigilance to ensure patient safety and reduce risk of potential adverse events as we continue to learn more about the Zika virus.
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
OCT 30, 2012 It Hurts: The Patient with Noncancer Pain Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, and Howard Marcus, MD, FACP Physicians who treat acute and chronic pain need to be comfortable and secure in their competency and cognizant of the correct dosing guidelines, which may have dramatically changed in the past decade.
SEP 14, 2012 Challenging Communications Laura A. Dixon, JD, RN Communication breakdowns are a frequent risk management finding in claims, as highlighted in this case study.