Hospitals

May 03, 2018
Healthcare Technology Risks and Rewards: Faster, Cheaper, Safer
David Chou, Vice President/Chief Information & Digital Officer, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, shares his insights on balancing the cybersecurity risks and patient care improvements of healthcare technology.

Feb 12, 2018
Safe Handling of Medical Gas Cylinders
Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CHFM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company.
These recommendations can help healthcare facilities handle compressed medical gas cylinders safely and stay in compliance with standards.

Dec 15, 2017
Perceptions of Obesity: An Opportunity to Improve Patient Safety
Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN, Analysis and Coding Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Understanding biases and attitudes toward obese patients can enable providers to improve patient care and outcomes.

Dec 13, 2017
Disaster Preparedness for Your Medical Practice
Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare System Patient Safety, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Recent fires, hurricanes, and floods nationwide have highlighted the importance of planning for disasters. Physicians are critical participants in disaster preparedness, ensuring that patient care and critical services are not interrupted—especially for at-risk individuals who may have special medical needs.

Dec 07, 2017
Teamwork Saves Lives in Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Shooting
Shelley Rizzo, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, and Steven J. Weintraub, MD, Chief of Risk Management, North American Partners in Anesthesia
Teams pull together to save lives and provide support during a deadly hospital shooting.
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Aug 28, 2017
Obstetrical Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?
Robin Diamond, JD, RN, Senior Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education
These lessons learned from our analysis of closed obstetrical claims are part of our CME article series.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Jun 12, 2017
Cybersecurity Must Be Part of Every Healthcare Professional’s Job
Craig Musgrave, CIO, The Doctors Company
Recent cyberattacks have been devastating. They’ve cost billions of dollars, angered and potentially endangered patients, eroded the reputation of healthcare organizations, and left institutions and individual physicians exposed to HIPAA violations. Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue. Every employee and every organization needs do their part.

Jun 12, 2017
Cyberattacks Threaten Patient Safety
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
When it comes to cybersecurity, more than money and IT security are at risk—patient safety is also compromised by a cyberattack.

May 22, 2017
MACRA Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Get Started Now
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company, with contributions by Kim Hathaway, Healthcare Quality & Risk Consultant, The Doctors Company
Physicians and practice managers may feel as if they’re being left at the starting line, there is still time to get in the MACRA race. This article has tips no matter where you are in the process.

Feb 08, 2017
Did Failure to Consider Patient’s Morbid Obesity Lead to Fall?
Julie M. Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety.
It is imperative that hospitals provide employees with training and guidance that specifically addresses caring for morbidly obese patients.

Jan 05, 2017
The Faintest Ink
Carol Murray, RHIA, CPHRM, Patient Safety/Risk Manager II.
Complete and timely documentation of the medical record not only enhances patient care, but it also serves to strengthen your credibility if you are called upon to defend that care.

Aug 11, 2016
Missed Opportunities
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety Education, and Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare System Patient Safety.
Miscommunication and missed opportunities resulting from hurried handoffs can produce fatal results.

Jul 26, 2016
CANDOR Toolkit: Physicians Now Have the Right Tools to Do the Right Thing After an Adverse Event
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit to help hospitals and doctors communicate openly and effectively with patients after adverse events.

Dec 08, 2015
New Early Warning Criteria Could Reduce Maternal Mortality
Susan Mann, MD, The Doctors Company OB Advisory Board Member
Guest author Dr. Susan Mann reports on a new initiative to address the significant increase in maternal deaths.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Jun 08, 2015
MAC/Sedation Fires Increasing
Susan K. Palmer, MD, The Doctors Company Anesthesia Advisory Board Member
Dr. Susan Palmer offers strategies for preventing MAC/sedation fires. Author: Susan K. Palmer, MD
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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 25, 2015
Documenting Staff Competency
Nurses, medical assistants, and other clinical staff must be properly trained and certified. Physicians, or qualified supervisors, should observe staff members as they conduct specific procedures and document their performance.

Nov 18, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Ancillary Care Areas: Pharmacy
The pharmacy department can create areas of potential malpractice exposure; this guide can help uncover risks.

Nov 18, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Ancillary Care Areas: Diagnostic Ultrasound
Diagnostic ultrasound can create areas of potential malpractice exposure; this guide can help uncover risks.

Nov 07, 2013
Integrating Physician Practices into a Hospital-Based Risk Management Program
Amy Wasdin, RN, CPHRM, Regional Patient Safety Risk Manager.
Overseeing risk management programs for acquired physician practices can be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned hospital risk manager. This article provides tips for risk managers to identify and assess liability in an office setting.

Oct 25, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Ancillary Care Areas: Medical Records
Medical records can create areas of potential malpractice exposure; this guide can help uncover risks.

Jul 22, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Credentialing and Privileging: Non-Physician Practitioners
Credentialing and privileging of non-physician practitioners can create areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Jul 22, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Credentialing and Privileging: Medical Staff
Credentialing and privileging of medical staff can create areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Jun 01, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Pathology/Laboratory
Pathology/laboratory services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

May 30, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Emergency Medicine Services
Emergency medicine services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

May 29, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Biomedical/Preventive Maintenance
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

May 28, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Environment of Care
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

May 27, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Patient Rooms
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

May 26, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Physical Plant: Security
Physical plant services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Apr 23, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Behavioral Health
The behavioral health department can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Feb 28, 2013
TIA Recognition and Management
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors
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

Feb 26, 2013
Changing Times, Changing Practices
Siobhan S. Dunnavant, MD, FACOG, The Doctors Company Virginia Physician Advisory Board Member
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Feb 01, 2013
Interactive Guide for Obstetrical Practices
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your obstetrical practice.

Feb 01, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Surgery and Operating Room
The surgery and operating room can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Jan 16, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Pediatrics
The pediatrics department can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Dec 14, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Obstetrics (OB) Units
This guide can help uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in the obstetrics (OB) unit.

Nov 25, 2012
End-Tidal CO2 Challenge in the Obstetric Operating Room
Susan K. Palmer, MD, Anesthesia Consultant, and Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN, Clinical Analyst, Department of Patient Safety, The Doctors Company
The ability to detect and continuously monitor end-tidal CO2 is a requirement for providers of general anesthesia, but misinterpretation of a monitor's information may create a problem.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Nov 21, 2012
Interactive Guide for Orthopedic Physicians
Our interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of malpractice exposure in your orthopedic practice.

Nov 21, 2012
Interactive Guide for Anesthesiology Services
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your anesthesiology services.

Nov 20, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Special Care/Intensive Care Units
Special care/intensive care units can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Nov 18, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Nursing Services
Nursing services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Oct 01, 2012
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Electronic Medical Records
This interactive guide focuses on risks seen in office practices that use an electronic medical record (EMR).

Sep 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
The postanesthesia care unit (PACU) can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Aug 04, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Anesthesia
The anesthesia department can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Jun 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Patient Care Systems: Infection Control
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your hospital's infection control policies and procedures.

Apr 16, 2012
Medication-Related Errors and Liability: What Can You Do?
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors.
This article outlines strategies for mitigation of medication-related errors.

Apr 16, 2012
Sinus Surgery: Key Lessons in Malpractice Risk
David W. Roberson, MD, Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Children’s Hospital Boston.
An analysis of closed otolaryngology claims identified risk management issues such as possible technical problems and inadequate informed consent.

Apr 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Patient Care Systems: Medication Management System Review
Medication management systems can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Mar 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Patient Care Systems: Medication Management
Medication management can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Feb 08, 2012
Imperative Conversations: Managing Transitions of Care in the Hospital
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education.
Standardizing the handoff process has been shown to lower rates of perceived near-miss events and adverse outcomes.

Jan 05, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: How to Use This Interactive Guide
These instructions are for our Interactive Guide for Hospitals, which is designed to help you uncover areas in your hospital that could create liability risks.

Jan 01, 2012
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Organizational Structure: Leadership, Patient Safety, Risk Management, and Performance Improvement
Your hospital's leadership and organizational structure can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

Dec 21, 2010
Fire Safety in the Surgical Suite
Susan K. Palmer, MD, Oregon Anesthesiology Group, and Ernest E. Allen, Account Executive, Patient Safety Department, The Doctors Company.
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.

Aug 01, 2010
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Hospitalists
The practice of hospital medicine can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

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