Dec 21, 2023
Suicide Prevention: Primary Care Is a Crucial Setting for Identifying Risk
At any given time, some of your patients are having thoughts of suicide. Effective suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach.
Dec 21, 2023
Medical Malpractice and the Volunteer Team Physician
Community physicians have long served as local high school team physicians. Michael C. Koester, MD, discusses the potential liability risks.
The Doctor’s Advocate
Oct 30, 2023
Off-Label Use: Patient Safety Implications
The standard for appropriate off-label use of medications and other products is what other similarly trained physicians would do, not what the manufacturer of the medication or product recommends.
Oct 01, 2023
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now 988, an easy-to-remember number for 24/7 crisis care.
Jul 25, 2023
Pediatrics: Consider Car Window Hammers for Your Office Emergency Response Kit
Seconds count if an infant, toddler, or young child is accidentally locked inside a hot vehicle. A car window hammer can be a lifesaving tool to include in an emergency response cart or kit.
Failure to Diagnose Congenital Asplenia Results in Tragic Patient Outcome
(Claims Corner CME)
Referral process system failures can contribute to delayed diagnosis of serious conditions which can lead to severe consequences for patients. Problems can arise when referral is needed but is not initiated properly or timely, when the specialist does not ensure their recommendations are fully and clearly communicated back to the referring clinician, when the referring clinician does not understand or act on the specialist’s recommendations, or when the referring office fails to track their open referrals to ensure they have received all consultation reports. This program will examine a malpractice case involving all the above referral-related deficiencies, leading to a catastrophic result for the patient and significant liability for the involved clinicians. Risk management strategies will be provided for any practice to improve the referral process and to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.
Jun 14, 2023
Medical Malpractice and Preparticipation Sports Physicals
Physicians should be aware of liability risks associated with preparticipation sports physicals.
Apr 24, 2023
Childhood Obesity: Communication Strategies for Healthcare Practitioners
Conversations about weight between healthcare professionals and pediatric patients and their parents can have profound, long-term effects on a child or adolescent.
Apr 20, 2023
Childhood Obesity in the U.S.: A Growing Health Crisis Affecting Millions and Demanding Action from Pediatric Health Care Practitioners
This article by Patti L. Ellis, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company, discusses important lessons learned and practice improvement strategies surrounding childhood obesity for pediatric health care practitioners.
Apr 01, 2023
Lessons in Preventing Button Battery Injuries
This article by Patti L. Ellis, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company, discusses important lessons learned and risk prevention strategies for button battery ingestion in children.
Feb 03, 2023
Pediatrics: Lessons in Preventing Button Battery Injuries
It is critical for clinicians to minimize misdiagnosis and delays in care and treatment of pediatric button battery ingestions, exposures, and insertions.
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.
Preventing Diagnostic Error in Primary Care: Strategies for Advanced Practice Clinicians
Diagnostic errors occur often in primary care settings and can impact over 12 million outpatients annually. This is a top patient safety concern and a global burden among advanced practice clinicians (APCs). Significant patient harm can occur due to treatment delay, testing, or misdiagnosis. This course is an opportunity to promote awareness and visibility by identifying where these errors occur most often in the diagnostic process of care framework. Examples of some best practices for the diagnostic process involves a timely and accurate diagnosis, patient engagement, effective system processes, active follow up, and communication. The information in this course will focus heavily on prevention strategies related to the primary care setting.
Team Physicians: Mitigating Liability Risks
Physicians serving as volunteer team physicians for high school or other community sports programs are often unaware of potential liability risks.
Feb 23, 2022
Pediatrics: Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences
The role of the pediatrician, which encompasses the management of a child’s physical, behavioral, and mental health, is critical in preventing and mitigating childhood adversity and trauma.
Mar 29, 2021
Is Your Patient a Victim of Human Trafficking?
Although trafficking victims rarely find opportunities to interact with others, a visit to a physician or dental practice may provide an opportunity for a victim to receive help. Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know what steps to take.
Prevention of Diagnostic Error in Primary Care
Diagnostic errors occur often in primary care settings and can impact over 12 million outpatients annually. This is a top patient safety concern and a global burden. Significant patient harm can occur due to treatment delay, testing, or misdiagnosis. This course is an opportunity to promote awareness and visibility by identifying where these errors occur most often in the diagnostic process of care framework.
Jun 15, 2020
Safely Caring for the Hospitalized Patient with Obesity
Obesity is viewed as a chronic health condition, and patients with obesity pose patient safety issues.
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.
Video Apr 09, 2019
Study of Malpractice Claims Involving Children
Patient safety risks when treating children vary depending on the patient’s age—but communication breakdowns between doctors and patients/families occur in malpractice claims for pediatric patients of ALL ages. Watch this important case study to learn more.
Mar 20, 2019
Study of Malpractice Claims Involving Children
The Doctors Company analyzed 1,215 claims filed on behalf of pediatric patients that closed from 2008 through 2017. The study is based on the claims filed against physicians in 52 specialties and subspecialties and includes an overview of the most common types of claims, expert insights into the specific elements that led to patient injury, and risk mitigation strategies.