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.
MAR 16, 2017
Analysis of Medication-Related Claims from The Doctors Company
Dr. David Troxel reviews 1,770 closed by The Doctors Company in which patient harm involved medication factors.
From The Doctor’s Advocate
FEB 23, 2017
Caring for the Hospitalized Obese Patient
Hospitalists and facilities can reduce potential liability when caring for obese patients by taking risk management steps, such as additional monitoring for patients with OSA.
JAN 04, 2017
Patient Safety in Anesthesiology
Anesthesiologists can reduce potential liability by taking risk management steps, such as obtaining separate informed consent for anesthesia care.
OCT 25, 2016
Optimize the EHR: Better Workflow Means Better Work-Life Balance
There are tools that can streamline patient care and payment workflows in the electronic health record (EHR). By dedicating time and effort up front to optimize the EHR, physicians can get relief from administrative tasks, reduce duplicate entry of data, and save time by not having to search for records in multiple places.
SEP 20, 2016
Money Talks: Discussing Cost with Patients Before Treatment Is a Win-Win
The physician needs to be involved in making sure that the patient is informed and educated about the financial burden of surgical and medical treatments. Doing this before proceeding with treatment can help lower the risk of a malpractice claim even when the medical outcome doesn’t meet the patient’s expectations.
OCT 26, 2015
Reducing the Risk of Retained Foreign Objects During Surgery
Medical RFI (radio frequency identification) chip technology is now available to track sponges and surgical towels used during a procedure.
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 01, 2015
Patient Selection for Elective Procedures
The patient selection process is a valuable tool for loss control, because many claims occur with patients who are not appropriate candidates for a procedure.
SEP 04, 2014
Conflicting Guidelines on Mammograms Can Pose Risks
Breast cancer screening guidelines issued by national organizations and medical specialties have inconsistent recommendations about mammogram screening ages and intervals, which can create potential liability for delayed or missed diagnoses. Learn how to reduce these mammography risks.
DEC 20, 2013
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Office Practices
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your practice.
NOV 21, 2013
Medical Clearance Does Not Clear the Patient or Physician of Risks
"Medical clearance" is when a surgeon requests clearance before performing surgery on a patient. The goals of the assessment are to determine the level of risk and to identify opportunities to mitigate risk, with an exchange of information between the surgeon and the assessing physician.
OCT 03, 2013
Medical clearance should involve an exchange of information between the surgeon and the assessing physician to mitigate risk to the surgical patient.
SEP 20, 2013
Avoid Missed or Delayed Diagnosis by Being Aware of Risks for BRCA-Based Breast Cancer
Physicians should be aware of the risk factors for BRCA gene-based cancer in order to identify those who need testing and to avoid delayed or missed diagnosis.
OCT 30, 2012
It Hurts: The Patient with Noncancer Pain
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.
DEC 20, 2011
A Complication Involving Laparoscopic Lysis of Adhesions
Allegations in this case involving laparoscopic lysis of adhesions included negligent performance of surgery and mismanagement of postoperative care.
JUL 20, 2011
Keys to Patient Safety for Dermatology
Doctors can reduce potential liability in dermatology by taking risk management steps, such as avoiding verbal prescription orders.
DEC 20, 2010
Fire Safety in the Surgical Suite
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.
JUN 22, 2010
Dilaudid-Related Morbidity and Mortality from Respiratory Depression
Patient safety organizations and the FDA are focusing on ways to reduce patient harm from opioids.
JUN 01, 2006
Scar: The Trigger to the Claim
A discussion with the patient about scarring is an important part of the preoperative disclosure process that helps prevent claims.
FEB 01, 2004
Surgery: Foreign Object Retention
The retention of a foreign object within a patient's body cavity or incision after an operation is a source of avoidable litigation for surgeons and facilities.
MAY 01, 2000
Removing a Pigmented Skin Lesion
When considering treatment for any pigmented skin lesion, there is no substitute for accurate microscopic pathological confirmation prior to definitive treatment. The range of error in clinical as opposed to microscopic diagnosis can be as high as 50 percent.