Guide to Patient Safety and Reducing Liability in Obstetrics and Gynecology
This topic-based guide to reducing liability in obstetrics and gynecology is an essential reference for obstetricians, gynecologists, family practitioners, and advanced practice providers who are actively involved in delivering women’s healthcare.
Noninvasive Cell-Free DNA Testing, Amniocentesis, and Chorionic Villus Sampling
Pregnancy of Unknown Location and Ectopic Pregnancy
Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section
Indications for Placental Examination and Pathology
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer and Management of Abnormal Screening Results
Failure to Diagnose Cervical Cancer and Management of Abnormal Pap Tests
Dealing with Noncompliance in the Ob/Gyn patient
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A review of 882 obstetrical claims that closed from 2007-2014, revealed that the most common patient allegation against obstetricians, occurring in 22 percent of claims, was delay in treatment of fetal distress, including failure to act when presented with Category II or III fetal heart rate (FHR) tracings predictive of metabolic acidemia.
Learn steps to help reduce malpractice risks, including tips to avoid risks with FHR tracings.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice,
and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness
of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances
prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction
in which the care is rendered.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Family and General Practice
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