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.
FEB 10, 2015 Conscious Sedation in the Dental Office Susan Shepard, MSN, RN; and Don Wood, CRNA, CPHRM Follow patient safety guidelines to enhance safety for patients receiving conscious sedation in the dental office.
FEB 02, 2015 Telephone Communication for Doctors Susan Shepard, MSN, RN When carelessly conducted, telephone communications can lead to diagnostic errors and misunderstandings that culminate in medical malpractice claims and lawsuits.
FEB 01, 2015 Patient Selection for Elective Procedures Susan Shepard, MSN, RN 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.
OCT 01, 2014 Preventing Wrong Tooth Extraction Barbara Worsley and Pamela Willis Prevent wrong tooth extraction with risk management steps such as documenting the reasons for the extraction, promoting safety systems, and obtaining informed consent.
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.