Sep 19, 2022
Mitigating the Legal Risks of Urinary Tract Injury Following Gynecologic Surgery
A recent review of gynecologic surgery claims involving urinary tract fistulas reveals the importance of expanding the scope of the informed consent conversation prior to surgery.
The Doctor’s Advocate
Sep 16, 2022
Reduce Patient Safety Risks With Vaccinations, Including COVID-19
Vaccine administration is usually regarded as a simple office procedure, often performed without the direct supervision of the physician or a licensed professional. Although vaccinations are a routine procedure, physicians and staff should remain vigilant about patient safety considerations. Whether you’re seeing children for COVID-19 vaccinations or adults for travel abroad or general disease prevention, take time now to assess the vaccine administration protocol in your practice.
Mar 01, 2022
With Medical Implants, Hope and Plan for the Best, but Talk About the Worst
Even with common implant procedures, variability among human systems creates risks and uncertainties. Dr. David L. Feldman discusses the importance of a true informed consent process using shared decision making.
The Doctor’s Advocate
Feb 03, 2022
Documenting a patient’s refusal of test or treatment options is key to minimizing risk exposure.
Feb 02, 2022
Informed Consent: Substance and Signature
True informed consent is a process of managing a patient’s expectations. Every healthcare provider should develop an individual style and system, making it easier to avoid omissions and ensure consistency of application.
Jan 05, 2022
Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients: Top Tips
As the number of Delta and Omicron variant cases increases alarmingly across the United States, more individuals are considering vaccination against COVID. It is important for physicians to be prepared to answer questions from patients about the various vaccines—particularly since some patients remain hesitant about receiving the vaccination.
Apr 15, 2021
Best Practices in Patient-Centered Care and Shared Decision Making
Using a patient-centered approach with shared decision making benefits patients by incorporating their needs and priorities into the treatment plan.
Oct 05, 2020
Orthopedics: Informed Consent
Inadequate informed consent communication between the surgeon and the patient/family is a top factor contributing to claims against orthopedists.
Sep 30, 2020
Otolaryngology: Inadequate Informed Consent Can Lead to Malpractice Claims
Our analysis of otolaryngology claims revealed that inadequate informed consent is a frequent contributing factor in malpractice claims.
Sep 21, 2020
Obtaining Informed Consent in Teaching Institutions
Given the nature of teaching institutions—where individuals in training participate in patient care to varying degrees—the informed consent process is more complex and can present additional liability risks.
Jul 29, 2020
Physicians Can Be at Risk When Homebound Patients Refuse Help
Physicians face potential liability when patients refuse help that is offered or neglect to follow up as instructed.
Making an Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training for Healthcare Leaders
This activity is designed for healthcare professionals in leadership positions. It covers the principles of informed consent, crafting and disseminating an informed consent policy, and building systems to improve the informed consent process.
Making an Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training for Healthcare Professionals
This activity, designed for doctors, nurses, and other providers, examines problems with the process of healthcare informed consent. It describes the principles of informed consent and highlights the benefits gained from a good informed consent process.
May 01, 2020
Informed Consent for COVID-19 Risks: Frequently Asked Questions
To support our members and the entire medical profession during this unprecedented time, the following are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding informed consent for COVID-19 risks.
Apr 22, 2020
Minor Consent: Challenges for Pediatric Dentistry
Identifying legal guardianship and the rights of parents can reduce risk prior to treating a minor.
Dec 11, 2019
Cultural Diversity Creates Language Barriers: Reducing Claims with Multilingual Patients
Clear and unambiguous communication constitutes the key component of the physician-patient relationship. Proactively implementing office procedures to promote optimum communication reduces the risk of disputes.