The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2018
Innovations in Patient Safety
Collaborating to Improve Obstetrical Practices
Our video series highlights how doctors nationwide are using the data-driven insights from our closed claims studies to improve patient safety in their practices or hospitals. Our vast database of claims gives us an unparalleled understanding of the most common patient allegations and factors contributing to injury, and our specialty-specific studies help shine a light on risks others don’t see.
This quarter, we feature Jay M. Berman, MD, FACOG, of the Wayne State University Physician Group in Detroit, Michigan, who describes changes his practice made to improve patient safety based on the data and recommendations in our Obstetrics Closed Claims Study.
The study provided a common understanding on which colleagues, hospital administrators, residents, and nursing staff were able to work collaboratively to make changes. To reduce the risk of shoulder dystocia and obstetric hemorrhage, the practice improved documentation of these events in its electronic medical records and adopted real-time drills to improve staff response.
The practice also instituted a new fetal monitoring system and improved training programs for fetal monitoring, upgraded its education for residents, and adopted methods to improve communication and patient handoff among providers and staff on the labor floor.
Watch this important video for Dr. Berman’s insights on improving patient safety and reducing risks.
Go to thedoctors.com/obstetricstudy to read our Obstetrics Closed Claims Study.
The Doctor’s Advocate is published by The Doctors Company to advise and inform its members about loss prevention and insurance issues.
The guidelines suggested in this newsletter are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. They attempt to define principles of practice for providing appropriate care. The principles are not inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods reasonably directed at obtaining the same results.
The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.
The Doctor’s Advocate is published quarterly by Corporate Communications, The Doctors Company. Letters and articles, to be edited and published at the editor’s discretion, are welcome. The views expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or official policy of The Doctors Company. Please sign your letters, and address them to the editor.