The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2022

Complimentary CME: Delayed Diagnosis of Stroke

The Doctors Company’s closed claims data show diagnostic failure as one of the leading allegations resulting in malpractice claims. Diagnostic failure often causes delays in treatment and significant harm to patients. The National Academy of Medicine has identified ischemic stroke as the number-one cause of serious harm from diagnostic failure. 

Delayed Diagnosis of Stroke, our 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit on-demand activity, highlights the importance of recognizing signs and symptoms of a stroke. The program discusses factors contributing to delayed diagnosis and treatment, including poor or inconsistent documentation and failure to recognize the window for administering tissue plasminogen activator-clot buster (tPA); order a stat MRI and neurology consult; communicate among providers regarding changes of recurring symptoms of ischemic stroke; and appreciate new signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Find this course and a complete catalog of complimentary on-demand programs.

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