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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30112637/alleged-malpractice-in-orthopaedics-analysis-of-a-series-of-medmal-insurance-claims
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M B Casali, A Blandino, S Del Sordo, G Vignali, S Novello, G Travaini, M Berlusconi, U Genovese
BACKGROUND: Medical malpractice is an important topic worldwide, and orthopedics is a clinical branch that is considered to be at a high risk for claims. The analysis of a series of medmal insurance claims allows forensic pathologists, clinicians, and insurance companies to probe the risk of a specific clinical branch for medical malpractice claims and highlights areas where care may be improved. We investigated the main features of a major Italian insurance broker's archive in order to identify recurrent pitfalls in this field...
July 27, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30077393/medical-malpractice-issues-in-dermatology-clinical-safety-and-the-dermatologist
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J Arimany Manso, C Martin Fumadó, J M Mascaró Ballester
Clinical safety and medical liability are first-order concerns in today's medical practice. It is important to understand the circumstances under which medical acts fail to live up to the accepted standard of care and to recognize the impact that malpractice claims have on physicians. Practitioners must also grasp the concept of medical error, studying malpractice claims in order to identify the areas where improvement is needed. The risk of accusations of malpractice in dermatology is comparatively low, both in Spain and worldwide...
August 1, 2018: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30064958/physician-engagement-in-malpractice-risk-reduction-a-uphs-case-study
#3
Sushmitha P Diraviam, Patricia G Sullivan, John A Sestito, Mary Ellen Nepps, Justin T Clapp, Lee A Fleisher
BACKGROUND: The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) implemented a risk reduction strategy in response to high malpractice costs and the broader implications these trends had for patient safety and quality. A key component of this strategy was the Risk Reduction Initiative (RRI), which uses a bottom-up approach to actively engage physicians in risk mitigation and malpractice reduction within their respective departments. METHODS: The value of clinical communities in achieving common goals has been previously recognized in quality improvement efforts...
July 7, 2018: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30057297/an-innovative-approach-for-familiarizing-surgeons-with-malpractice-litigation
#4
Yen-Yi Juo, Catherine Lewis, Christina Hanna, Howard A Reber, Areti Tillou
OBJECTIVE: Familiarize surgery residents with medicolegal knowledge and skills required when facing the prospect of being sued through a simulation session. DESIGN: The general surgery residency, hospital risk management, and malpractice attorneys collaboratively organized an educational intervention, consisting of an introductory lecture followed by a mock lawsuit. Two medical malpractice attorneys acted as defense and plaintiff attorneys while an attending surgeon experienced in litigation acted as defendant...
July 26, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29981507/malpractice-risk-at-the-physician-level-claim-prone-physicians
#5
E L Gómez-Durán, C Martin-Fumadó, J Benet-Travé, J Arimany-Manso
Professional liability and patient safety are worldwide concerns and efforts to identify claimed physicians' characteristics cross borders. Interventions with "at risk populations" would help to better address the underlying problems that lead to many claims. We analyzed physicians' characteristics of every paid claim between 2005 and 2014 in Catalonia region (Spain). We identified 808 physicians involved in 725 paid claims. A total of 12.38% physicians had at least two paid claims over the study period...
August 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29966500/patient-reported-injuries-after-ventral-hernia-repair
#6
M Lindmark, K Strigård, P Nordin, U Gunnarsson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Swedish National Patient Insurance Company (LÖF) can compensate patients who believe they have been exposed to an avoidable injury or malpractice in healthcare. Its register covers 95% of Swedish healthcare providers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data on patients operated for primary or incisional ventral hernia in Sweden between 2010 and 2015 and who had filed a claim, were retrieved from LÖF. A total of 290 cases were identified and included...
June 1, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Surgery: SJS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29960612/decision-support-tools-systems-and-artificial-intelligence-in-cardiac-imaging
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Samia Massalha, Owen Clarkin, Rebecca Thornhill, Glenn Wells, Benjamin J W Chow
Noninvasive cardiac imaging is widely used for the diagnosis and management of cardiac patients. The increasing demand for cardiac imaging begins to exceed the number of available interpreting physicians, leaving less time to interpret studies. In addition, the busy clinician is facing the increasingly daunting task of keeping abreast of current medical advancements and the ongoing changes in disease diagnosis and therapy. Committing to memory and recalling such large volumes of information is challenging and is responsible for difficulties in adopting the rapid changes in imaging practice, and is likely partially responsible for errors in patient diagnosis and management...
July 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29940053/medical-malpractice-in-orthopedic-surgery-a-westlaw-based-demographic-analysis
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Nicole D Rynecki, Daniel Coban, Owen Gantz, Raghav Gupta, Varun Ayyaswami, Arpan V Prabhu, Jeremy Ruskin, Sheldon S Lin, Kathleen S Beebe
A recent study that evaluated the risk of facing a malpractice claim by physician specialty found that orthopedic surgeons were at a significantly greater risk of being sued than other medical specialists. To date, no studies have characterized trends in orthopedic surgery malpractice claims. The Westlaw legal database was used to locate state and federal jury verdicts and settlements related to medical malpractice and orthopedic surgery from 2010 to 2016. Eighty-one cases were analyzed. The mean age of the affected patients and/or plaintiffs was 53...
June 25, 2018: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29916586/-personalized-medicine-and-medical-malpractice
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Santo Davide Ferrara, Guido Viel
OBJECTIVES: The manuscript deals with personalized medicine and medical liability in Europe and Italy, addressing the importance of synergistic collaboration between clinical and medico-legal professionals in order to appropriately investigate medical errors and prevent any future adverse event. METHODS: Following a rapid epidemiological overview of mala praxis in Europe, the manuscript presents and discusses the International Guidelines developed and adopted by the International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM), which guide the work of the medical experts under both criminal and/or civil law...
November 2017: Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro Ed Ergonomia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29912658/wrist-malpractice-claims-in-northern-norway-2005-2014-lessons-to-be-learned
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Jan Norum, Lise Balteskard, Mette Willumstad Thomsen, Hebe Desiree Kvernmo
Rough weather conditions in the subarctic areas of Norway may influence on the risk of wrist fracture. We implemented data from the Norwegian System of Patient Injury Compensation (NPE). All claims due to wrist surgery, performed at the public hospitals in Northern Norway, during 2005-2014 were analyzed. We employed the ICD-10 classification codes S52.5 (fracture of distal end of radius) and S52.6 (fracture of distal end of radius and ulna). Treatment was defined by NCSP codes. 84 patients (0.3%) complained...
December 2018: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29909860/outcomes-and-associated-factors-in-malpractice-litigation-involving-inferior-vena-cava-filters
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REVIEW
Kenny Oh, Anil Hingorani
OBJECTIVE: Placement of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters is a controversial focus of medical malpractice. Clinicians currently have little information to guide them regarding key issues and outcomes in litigation. In this retrospective legal case review, we analyzed the factors associated with malpractice actions involving IVC filters. METHODS: The legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw were searched from 1967 to 2016 for all published legal cases in the United States involving placement of IVC filters...
July 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29906784/communication-errors-in-radiology-pitfalls-and-how-to-avoid-them
#12
REVIEW
Stephen Waite, Jinel Moore Scott, Ian Drexler, Jennifer Martino, Alan Legasto, Brian Gale, Srinivas Kolla
Communication failures are a common cause of patient harm and malpractice claims against radiologists. In addition to overt communication breakdowns among providers, it is also important to address the quality of communication to optimize patient outcomes. In this review, we describe common communication failures and potential solutions providing a framework for radiologists to improve health care delivery.
June 7, 2018: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29889035/-malpractice-in-urology-lessons-of-clinical-and-legal-safety
#13
César Vargas-Blasco, Esperanza L Gómez-Durán, Carles Martin-Fumadó, Josep Arimany-Manso
OBJECTIVES: Data about urology malpractice claims in our environment are scarce and should be considered a potential opportunity to "learn from errors". METHODS: We analyzed every claim for alleged malpractice in Urology managed by the Council of Medical Colleges of Catalonia between 1990 and 2012, and specifically evaluated the clinical and medicolegal features of those cases with medical professional responsibility. RESULTS: We identified 182 cases in 22 years, but only the 25,74%showed professional liability...
June 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29813166/medical-malpractice-following-carpal-tunnel-surgery
#14
Joseph A Gil, Steven Bokshan, Timothy Genovese, Christopher Got, Alan H Daniels
There is a paucity of literature examining the reasons for litigation following carpal tunnel surgery in the United States. The purpose of this retrospective study was to examine a nationwide legal database to describe the most frequent reasons for malpractice litigation following carpal tunnel surgery. All malpractice claims that occurred following carpal tunnel surgery were included. In total, 46 cases met inclusion criteria, representing 15 male and 31 female patients with an average age of 46.4 years (±14...
July 1, 2018: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29799533/-medical-arbitration-and-claims-for-malpractice-related-to-health-service-users-under-15-years-of-age-during-2011-2015
#15
Sonia B Fernández-Cantón, José N Rizo-Amézquita
Background: Claims by health services users are a negative indicator of the care quality. To know the situations that originate them, and their consequences are key issues to consider in order to design strategies to improve the quality of health services. This study analyses the cases submitted to the National Medical Arbitration Commission with a final arbitration decision during the period 2011-2015, related to health service users younger than 15 years old. Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study...
2018: Boletín Médico del Hospital Infantil de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787414/perioperative-peripheral-nerve-injury-after-general-anesthesia-a-qualitative-systematic-review
#16
Jason Chui, John M Murkin, Karen L Posner, Karen B Domino
Perioperative peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is a well-recognized complication of general anesthesia that continues to result in patient disability and malpractice claims. However, the multifactorial etiology of PNI is often not appreciated in malpractice claims given that most PNI is alleged to be due to errors in patient positioning. New advances in monitoring may aid anesthesiologists in the early detection of PNI. This article reviews recent studies of perioperative PNI after general anesthesia and discusses the epidemiology and potential mechanisms of injury and preventive measures...
July 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772451/a-15-years-survey-for-dental-malpractice-claims-in-rome-italy
#17
R Manca, V Bruti, S Napoletano, E Marinelli
INTRODUCTION: In recent years, dental malpractice claims seems to have increased dramatically worldwide without a clear explanation. The aim of our work is to shed more light on this phenomenon to better understand its magnitude and trend, and to point out possible critical factors that, if changed, can mitigate it. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 458 cases of dental malpractice sentenced by the civil court of Rome, Italy, from 2001 to 2015, were collected. Useful information was extracted, reported in a grid and statistically analyzed...
August 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771850/commentary-on-do-written-disclosures-of-serious-events-increase-risk-of-malpractice-claims-one-healthcare-system-s-experience-by-painter-lm-kidwell-km-kidwell-rp-et-al
#18
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769515/complications-following-general-anaesthesia-in-paediatric-patients
#19
A K Khan, S R Quddus, H K Khan, M S Ali, M Kamruzzaman, M R Hasan, M Hasan, R H Moon
Complications in paediatric anaesthesia can be conveniently classified as minor or major. Major morbidity includes cardiac arrest, brain damage and death. Minor morbidity can be assessed by clinical audits with smell patient samples. Major morbidity is rare. It is best assessed by very large clinical studies and by review of cases malpractice claims. Both minor & major complication occurs most commonly in infants and children under three especially those with severe co-morbidities. Knowledge of risk profiles in paediatric anaesthesia is a starting point for the reduction of risk complication...
April 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758323/why-do-vascular-surgeons-get-sued-analysis-of-claims-and-outcomes-in-malpractice-litigation
#20
John Phair, Eric B Trestman, Edvard Skripochnik, Evan C Lipsitz, Issam Koleilat, Larry A Scher
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to analyze causes and outcomes of malpractice claims against vascular surgeons in the United States. METHODS: Cases entered into the Westlaw database from January 1, 1999 to December 31, 2014 were reviewed. Search terms "vascular" and "surgeon" were used. Data were compiled on the allegation, subject matter, and outcome of each case. Additional data including demographics of the defendant were obtained from the U...
August 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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