Informed Consent Samples for Plastic Surgery

AUG 28, 2017
The Search for Mary Smith
A case study illustrating the importance of researching healthcare technologies thoroughly before implementing them.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

JUL 24, 2017
Plastic Surgeons Make Changes in Light of Malpractice Claims Study
David. B. Troxel, MD
An analysis of plastic surgery malpractice claims is leading plastic surgeons to adopt policies and procedures that help them focus on caring for patients instead of defending their practices in court.

FEB 17, 2017
Up for Review: Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism
No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism.

DEC 14, 2016
Plastic Surgery Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?
Our analysis of closed plastic surgery claims identifies top allegations and the most common factors that contribute to patient injury.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

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 29, 2016
Frequently Asked Questions: Plastic Surgery
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Our experts answer questions from plastic surgeons, addressing issues such as patient selection and managing patient expectations.

Plastic Surgery Closed Claims Study

SEP 22, 2016
Plastic Surgery Closed Claims Study
The Doctors Company analyzed 1,438 claims against plastic surgeons that closed from January 2007 through June 2015 to understand what motivates patients to pursue claims and gain a broader overview of the system failures and processes that result in patient harm.

MAY 23, 2016
Know Your Source: Protect Your Patients and Your Practice from Unsafe Medications
Susan Marr, MSA, LHRM, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
There is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market. To combat this threat, the FDA has launched the Know Your Source campaign to ensure physicians are aware of the problem and to help them play their part in protecting the integrity of the U.S. drug supply chain.

MAY 12, 2016
Specialty Advisory Boards: Bringing Together Expertise
Robin Diamond, JD, RN, and Miranda Felde, MHA, CPHRM
We provide forums for healthcare leaders to exchange ideas and identify ways to help us advance the practice of good medicine.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

FEB 18, 2016
Are Decisions Shared?
Robin Diamond, JD, RN
There is a growing emphasis on patient-centered care and shared decision making in healthcare.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

DEC 11, 2015
Managing Pigmented Skin Lesions: Early Detection and Diagnosis of Melanoma
The prognosis of a melanoma depends on early diagnosis and removal of the primary lesion before it can metastasize.

DEC 08, 2015
Venous Thrombosis Prevention
David M. Charles, MD
This article provides resources to help plastic surgeons learn about preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

OCT 01, 2015
What Do You Know About Breast Reconstruction?
Breast cancer is a devastating diagnosis and the treatment tends to have a direct impact on a woman’s self-esteem, especially if there has been a mastectomy or partial mastectomy. Just knowing breast reconstruction is an option is consoling; it offers hope for many patients. Yet physicians and patients typically have questions about the process of breast reconstruction.

SEP 03, 2015
Minimizing Surgical Errors
Jonathan Jones, MD
Guest author Jonathan Jones, MD, offers practical suggestions for avoiding surgical errors.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

SEP 03, 2015
Teamwork in the OR
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, describes the challenges of developing a high-functioning OR team.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

JUL 17, 2015
Conscious Sedation in the Office
Reduce potential liability with these risk management tips and guidelines for conscious sedation in the office.

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
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.

JAN 21, 2015
Working with Patients Who Do Not Follow the Treatment Plan
Patients who do not follow the treatment plan may become high liability risks because their behavior often exacerbates existing health problems, which can lead to negative outcomes.

DEC 10, 2014
Editorial Comment on Maintenance of Certification
David B. Troxel, MD
Dr. Troxel suggests ways to restructure the MoC examination process to adapt it to changes in the healthcare delivery system.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

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.

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.

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