Risk Management and Patient Safety


Recent Articles

Jul 10, 2019
Delay in Treatment of Fetal Distress
Larry Veltman, MD, FACOG, CPHRM, DFASHRM, and Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
We studied claims alleging delay in treatment of fetal distress in the hope of reducing neonatal injuries.

Jun 18, 2019
Off-Label Use: Patient Safety Implications
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Healthcare Quality and Risk Management Consultant, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
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.

Jun 17, 2019
Terminating Patient Relationships
Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
It is an acceptable practice for doctors to end a patient relationship under most conditions, but some situations may require additional steps or delay of the termination.

Jun 12, 2019
Response to The Doctors Company’s Physician Survey on Opioid Use
The medical community is implementing stronger safe prescribing techniques for opioids and exploring solutions to the epidemic of opioid addiction, reducing the number of fatal overdoses.

May 13, 2019
Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare: Protect Your Patients and Yourself
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education
Physicians often care for a multicultural society complicated by literacy issues. To address cultural diversity in healthcare, physicians must understand how each patient’s sociocultural background affects his or her health beliefs and behavior.

Apr 19, 2019
Rising Number of Measles Cases Creates Numerous Patient Safety Issues
Debbie Hill, RN, MBA, LHRM, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager
New cases of measles (rubeola) are once again making national headlines. Physicians should implement effective screening protocols, infection control techniques, and patient education to reduce liability risks and promote patient safety.

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