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.
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Jul 24, 2017 Plastic Surgeons Make Changes in Light of Malpractice Claims Study David. B. Troxel, MD, medical director, The Doctors Company
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.
Sep 23, 2016 Should You Offer Your Services as a Paid Medical Expert? Susan Shepard, MSN, CPHRM, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company.
The decision to function as a paid medical expert should not be entered into lightly.
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.
Oct 19, 2015 Overcoming the Stress of Malpractice Litigation: Solutions to Help Physicians Stay Healthy and Engaged David P. Michelin, MD, MPH
A malpractice lawsuit will generate an array of negative emotions, from self-doubt to high levels of stress and anxiety. But as I learned during my own litigation experience, there are steps you can take to ease the strain you’re under and limit these symptoms, allowing you to continue to serve your patients and maintain healthy relationships with those around you.
Oct 01, 2015 The Defensible Medical Record Mark Gorney, MD, FACS (1924–2014), Governor Emeritus, Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education
Most errors of medical judgment can be successfully defended with a complete and unaltered medical record.
Apr 06, 2015 Accurate Medical Records: Your Primary Line of Defense Mark Gorney, MD, FACS (1924–2014), Governor Emeritus, Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education
It is critical for every physician to maintain meticulous records, because every medical malpractice suit can be won or lost based on the quality and content of the medical record.
Feb 01, 2015 Coping with Depositions Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
A physician's attitude, demeanor, appearance, and conduct during a deposition or trial are as important as the accuracy and quality of the testimony.
Mar 01, 2014 Globalization and Counterfeit Drugs Thomas T. Kubic, Treasurer, Partnership for Safe Medicines, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education, The Doctors Company
Protect yourself and your patients from the consequences of receiving or distributing non-FDA-approved drug products.
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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.
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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.
Jul 01, 2011 Eight Little Words Ann S. Lofsky, MD (1956–2008), Governor Emeritus
No wording will be more carefully scrutinized than that in a medical record involved in a malpractice trial.
Jan 01, 2005 Assuming the Worst Ann S. Lofsky, MD (1956–2008), Governor Emeritus
A case study illustrates how a physician's reluctance to aggressively evaluate subtle changes in a long-term patient's symptoms made him possibly liable for the end result.
Jan 01, 2005 Upgrading the Chart—A Dangerous Practice Mark Gorney, MD, FACS (1924–2014), Governor Emeritus
Alterations of medical records can make otherwise perfectly defensible cases almost impossible to defend.
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