Oct 24, 2022
Why Medical Clearance Is Really a Preoperative Evaluation
The goals of the preoperative evaluation are to determine the patient's level of risk and to identify opportunities to mitigate it.
Oct 18, 2022
Moderate or Conscious Sedation in the Office Setting
Prevent patient injury when providing moderate sedation in the office by incorporating these patient safety and practice improvement strategies.
Aug 26, 2022
Dispensing Sample Medications: Risk Management Strategies
If not carefully managed, sample medications can create issues that place patients and the practice at risk.
Mar 15, 2022
Dermatology: Patient Safety Strategies for Telehealth
Many types of dermatologic conditions lend themselves to remote examination for diagnosis and management. These teledermatology strategies can help you reduce risks and keep your patients safe.
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.
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Video Oct 29, 2021
What Can Plastic Surgeons Do to Prevent Breast Surgery Claims?
When it comes to medical malpractice claims, those involving plastic surgery are unique because surgeons perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, involving patients with a very different set of expectations. Hear insights from David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of TDC Group.
Oct 28, 2021
Plastic Surgery Closed Claims Study Reveals Most Common Case Types
In this study of plastic surgery closed claims, The Doctors Company looks at the most common case types, most common patient injuries, primary drivers / frequent allegations, and strategies for mitigating risk for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Oct 26, 2021
Identifying Malpractice Risks for Surgical Practices
Factors contributing to surgical claims are often related to assessment, communication, and documentation. Surgeons can improve outcomes by evaluating their supporting systems in the office and the locations where they operate.
Apr 02, 2021
Pre-Procedural Screening and Testing During COVID-19
Throughout the pandemic, surgeons have faced many challenges in adapting to new situations. Now that facilities have resumed elective surgeries, surgeons are facing additional challenges in evaluating and scheduling patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The strategies highlighted here can help ensure a consistent approach in keeping both patients and providers safe.
Mar 24, 2021
Patient Selection for Elective Cosmetic Procedures
The patient selection process is a valuable tool that can help you reduce risks when you assess prospective patients for elective cosmetic procedures.
Mar 08, 2021
Patient Safety Strategies for Dermatology
Take steps to reduce risks in dermatology by reviewing your practices and systems and implementing these strategies.
TeamSTEPPS® Teamwork Training in the Office Practice
This course provides an overview of the evidence-based TeamSTEPPS® concepts, tools, and strategies based on the four areas of 1) leadership, 2) mutual support, 3) situation monitoring, and 4) communication. TeamSTEPPS training provides teachable/learnable skills that improve
communication and teamwork among healthcare professionals in both acute care and ambulatory care environments.
Lessons Learned – Plastic Surgery Closed Claims Study: An Expert Analysis of Medical Malpractice Allegations
This course is based on the findings of a study conducted by The Doctors Company that analyzed 415 claims that closed against plastic surgeons (from July 2015–December 2018).
Video Oct 19, 2020
Is There a Role for Telehealth in Plastic Surgery?
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, chief medical officer of The Doctors Company and the TDC Group of Companies, explores the role of telehealth in plastic surgery.
Aug 25, 2020
Distracting Devices in Healthcare: Malpractice Implications
Digital distraction in healthcare is a threat to patient safety and physician well-being. Personal electronic devices can create a digital distraction so engaging that it consumes awareness, potentially preventing healthcare providers from focusing on the primary task at hand—caring for and interacting with patients.
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 15, 2020
Plastic Surgery: Frequently Asked Patient Safety Questions
Our experts answer questions from plastic surgeons, addressing issues such as patient selection and managing patient expectations.
Aug 27, 2019
Electronic Health Records Continue to Lead to Medical Malpractice Suits
We analyzed 216 medical malpractice claims that closed from 2010 to 2018 in which EHRs contributed to patient injury. The pace of these claims grew, from a low of seven cases in 2010 to an average of 22.5 cases per year in 2017 and 2018. As EHRs approach near-universal adoption, they may become a more prevalent source of patient safety risk.
Video Feb 12, 2018
Plastic Surgery: Innovations in Patient Safety
Phillip Haeck, MD, a plastic surgeon at the Polyclinic in Seattle, Washington, describes changes his practice made to improve patient safety based on the data and recommendations in The Doctors Company’s Plastic Surgery Closed Claims Study. The study revealed that 10 percent of claims against plastic surgeons involved a communication problem—miscommunication or failure to communicate between the doctor and staff or between the patient and doctor.
Aug 28, 2017
The Search for Mary Smith
A case study illustrating the importance of researching healthcare technologies thoroughly before implementing them.
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