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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523364/-structured-patient-handovers-in-perioperative-medicine-rationale-and-implementation-in-clinical-practice
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M J Merkel, V von Dossow, B Zwißler
Clear and consistent communication is pivotal for well-functioning teamwork, in operating theatres as well as intensive care units. However, patient handovers significantly vary between specialties and locations. If communication is not well structured, it might increase the risk for mishaps and malpractice. Therefore, implementing structured handover protocols is pivotal. The perioperative setting is a high-risk environment that is prone to communication failures due to operational design (frequent change of shift due to working time restrictions) and a high work load and multitasking (operating room management, short surgery times, concurrent emergencies)...
May 18, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506414/unintentional-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injuries-following-thyroidectomy-is-it-the-surgeon-who-pays-the-bill
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C Gambardella, A Polistena, A Sanguinetti, R Patrone, S Napolitano, D Esposito, D Testa, V Marotta, A Faggiano, P G Calò, N Avenia, G Conzo
BACKGROUND: Thyroidectomy is one of the most common intervention in general surgery and, after the turn of the century, its rate has sharply increased, along with a worldwide increased incidence of differentiated thyroid cancers. Therefore, injuries of the recurrent laryngeal nerve have become one of the most frequent cause of surgical malpractice claims, mostly following surgery for benign pathology. MAIN BODY: Even if the incidence of definitive paralysis is generally lower than 3%, during the last 20 years in Italy, the number of claims for damages has sharply raised...
May 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504029/obstetric-brachial-plexus-palsy-a-population-based-retrospective-case-control-study-and-medicolegal-considerations
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Simona Zaami, Francesco Paolo Busardò, Fabrizio Signore, Nicola Felici, Vito Briganti, Giovanni Baglio, Enrico Marinelli, Vittorio Fineschi
AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine 24 cases of obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP) in 41,002 deliveries occurred at San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome, during the period 2000-2012. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A population-based retrospective case-control study was designed and the database of the hospital was searched; for each case, maternal and fetal records were examined and some risk factors were evaluated. RESULTS: A statistically significant association between the 24 cases OBPP and the following risk factors: primiparity (p < ...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498071/assessment-of-malpractice-claims-due-to-spinal-epidural-abscess
#4
J Mason DePasse, Roy Ruttiman, Adam E M Eltorai, Mark A Palumbo, Alan H Daniels
OBJECTIVE Spinal epidural abscesses (SEAs) can be difficult to diagnose and may result in neurological compromise or even death. Delays in diagnosis or treatment may worsen the prognosis. While SEA presents a high risk for litigation, little is known about the medicolegal ramifications of this condition. An enhanced understanding of potential legal implications is important for practicing spine surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, and internists. METHODS The VerdictSearch database, a large legal-claims database, was queried for "epidural abscess"-related legal cases...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489715/assessment-of-malpractice-claims-associated-with-acute-compartment-syndrome
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John Mason DePasse, Rachel Sargent, Amanda J Fantry, Steven L Bokshan, Mark A Palumbo, Alan H Daniels
BACKGROUND: Because acute compartment syndrome is one of the few limb-threatening and life-threatening orthopaedic conditions and is difficult to diagnose, it is a frequent source of litigation. Understanding the factors that lead to plaintiff verdicts and higher indemnity payments may improve patient care by identifying common pitfalls. METHODS: The VerdictSearch legal claims database was queried for the term "compartment syndrome." After 46 cases were excluded for missing information or irrelevancy, 139 cases were reviewed...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479642/does-medical-malpractice-law-improve-health-care-quality
#6
Michael Frakes, Anupam B Jena
We assess the potential for medical liability forces to deter medical errors and improve health care treatment quality, identifying liability's influence by drawing on variations in the manner by which states formulate the negligence standard facing physicians. Using hospital discharge records from the National Hospital Discharge Survey and clinically-validated quality metrics inspired by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, we find evidence suggesting that treatment quality may improve upon reforms that expect physicians to adhere to higher quality clinical standards...
November 2016: Journal of Public Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477295/do-tort-reforms-impact-the-incidence-of-birth-by-cesarean-section-a-reassessment
#7
Javier Cano-Urbina, Daniel Montanera
Investigations into the existence and impact of defensive medicine in obstetrics have produced mixed and often conflicting implications. The most widely-cited and accepted results in this literature find that less severe malpractice environments cause an increase in the use of cesarean section. This has been interpreted as "offensive medicine"; taking advantage of lenient malpractice environments by providing unnecessary services in order to raise revenue. In this article we show that an assumption concerning births with an unknown method of delivery, which is not explicitly stated in the literature, is pivotal in obtaining these results...
March 2017: International Journal of Health Economics and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476341/missed-acute-appendicitis-on-multidetector-computed-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-legal-ramifications-challenges-and-avoidance-strategies
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Eitan Sosner, Michael N Patlas, Victoria Chernyak, Abraham H Dachman, Douglas S Katz
The failure to diagnose acute appendicitis (AA) is the third most common medical malpractice allegation related to gastrointestinal disease. There is a paucity of detailed data on this topic; however, publications by Whang et al and by Berlin and Berlin, which analyzed all types of malpractice suits against radiologists, have shown that the incidence of litigation has increased over time in the United States. This is likely true for cases of AA as well. The misinterpretation of cross-sectional imaging in patients with suspected appendicitis may be caused by suboptimal technique, errors of omission, i...
March 18, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459735/frequency-and-type-of-situational-awareness-errors-contributing-to-death-and-brain-damage-a-closed-claims-analysis
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Christian M Schulz, Amanda Burden, Karen L Posner, Shawn L Mincer, Randolph Steadman, Klaus J Wagner, Karen B Domino
BACKGROUND: Situational awareness errors may play an important role in the genesis of patient harm. The authors examined closed anesthesia malpractice claims for death or brain damage to determine the frequency and type of situational awareness errors. METHODS: Surgical and procedural anesthesia death and brain damage claims in the Anesthesia Closed Claims Project database were analyzed. Situational awareness error was defined as failure to perceive relevant clinical information, failure to comprehend the meaning of available information, or failure to project, anticipate, or plan...
May 1, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458290/study-of-safety-evaluation-in-dispensing-of-medicines-analysis-of-relationship-between-dispensing-error-rate-inspecting-error-rate-and-malpractice-rate
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Shinji Soeda, Risa Takayanagi, Masayuki Watanabe, Yasuhiko Yamada
 In this study, we established a methodology to calculate the rate of overlooking a dispensing error (inspecting error rate) as a new index for the purpose of determining dispensing error and malpractice rates. Using data obtained from analyses of these error rates at our and two other hospitals, an inspecting error rate was calculated for each institution. Our results showed that inspecting errors occurred at a frequency 3-5 times greater as compared to dispensing errors at each of the examined hospitals...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454988/physicians-perceptions-of-factors-influencing-the-treatment-decision-making-process-for-men-with-low-risk-prostate-cancer
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Kimberly Davis, Paula Bellini, Charlotte Hagerman, Riley Zinar, Daniel Leigh, Richard Hoffman, David Aaronson, Stephen Van Den Eeden, George Phillips, Kathryn Taylor
OBJECTIVE: To assess physicians' attitudes regarding multiple factors that may influence recommendations for AS vs. AT given the central role physicians play in the treatment-decision making process. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews to assess factors that physicians consider important when recommending AS vs. AT, as well as physicians' perceptions of what their patients consider important in the decision. Participants included urologists (N=11), radiation oncologists (N=12), and primary care physicians (N=10), from both integrated and fee-for-service healthcare settings...
April 25, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445561/allegations-of-failure-to-obtain-informed-consent-in-spinal-surgery-medical-malpractice-claims
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Jennifer Grauberger, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Asad J Choudhry, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Ahmad Nassr, Bradford Currier, Mohamad Bydon
Importance: Predictive factors associated with increased risk of medical malpractice litigation have been identified, including severity of injury, physician sex, and error in diagnosis. However, there is a paucity of literature investigating informed consent in spinal surgery malpractice. Objective: To investigate the failure to obtain informed consent as an allegation in medical malpractice claims for patients undergoing a spinal procedure. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this retrospective cohort study, a national medicolegal database was searched for malpractice claim cases related to spinal surgery for all years available (ie, January 1, 1980, through December 31, 2015)...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441614/learning-from-an-analysis-of-closed-malpractice-litigation-involving-myocardial-infarction
#13
Kuan-Han Wu, Yung-Lin Yen, Chien-Hung Wu, Chi-Yuan Hwang, Shih-Yu Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To examine the epidemiologic data, identify the pattern of dispute, and determine clinical litigious errors by analyzing closed malpractice claims involving myocardial infarction (MI) in Taiwanese courts. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was performed to analyze the verdicts pertaining to MI from the population-based database of the Taiwan judicial system between 2002 and 2013. The results of adjudication, involved specialists, primary dispute leading to lawsuits, and litigious errors were recorded...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435905/transurethral-resection-of-the-prostate-bladder-explosion-and-hyponatremic-encephalopathy-a-rare-case-report-of-malpractice
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Giuseppe Vacchiano, Aldo Rocca, Rita Compagna, Anna Ginevra Immacolata Zamboli, Vera Cirillo, Lorenza Di Domenico, Veronica Di Nardo, Giuseppe Servillo, Bruno Amato
We present an original case report of a bladder explosion during a TURP intervention for benign prostatic hypertrophy, that was brought on by the absorption of about 5 liters of glycine 1.5% and then onset of a severe hyponatremia. The quick and inappropriate correction of this electrolyte imbalance led the onset of encephalopathy and the death of the patient. The authors discuss the pathogenesis of these uncommon diseases and, considering the most recent Italian Legislation, they highlight the importance to respect good clinical practice standards and guidelines to ensure the most appropriate treatments for the patient and remove any assumptions of medical liability...
January 2017: Open Medicine (Warsaw, Poland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435756/identifying-barriers-in-the-use-of-electronic-health-records-in-hawai-i
#15
Faith D Hamamura, Kelley Withy, Kira Hughes
Hawai'i faces unique challenges to Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption due to physician shortages, a widespread distribution of Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUA/P), and a higher percentage of small independent practices. However, research on EHR adoption in Hawai'i is limited. To address this gap, this article examines the current state of EHR in Hawai'i, the barriers to adoption, and the future of Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives to improve the health of Hawai'i's people...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434458/relationship-between-state-malpractice-environment-and-quality-of-health-care-in-the-united-states
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Karl Y Bilimoria, Jeanette W Chung, Christina A Minami, Min-Woong Sohn, Emily S Pavey, Jane L Holl, Michelle M Mello
BACKGROUND: One major intent of the medical malpractice system in the United States is to deter negligent care and to create incentives for delivering high-quality health care. A study was conducted to assess whether state-level measures of malpractice risk were associated with hospital quality and patient safety. METHODS: In an observational study of short-term, acute-care general hospitals in the United States that publicly reported in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Hospital Compare in 2011, hierarchical regression models were used to estimate associations between state-specific malpractice environment measures (rates of paid claims, average Medicare Malpractice Geographic Practice Cost Index [MGPCI], absence of tort reform laws, and a composite measure) and measures of hospital quality (processes of care, imaging utilization, 30-day mortality and readmission, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators, and patient experience from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [HCAHPS])...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431271/investigation-of-pathology-malpractice-claims-in-china-from-2002-2015
#17
Yuan Li, Dong Gao, Meng Tu, Ying-Zhen Luo, Zhen-Hua Deng
OBJECTIVE: To examine pathology-related medical claims in China and identify the most common errors to result in such claims. METHOD: A retrospective analysis was performed of 71 forensic evaluation reports carried out in two Chinese institutes of forensic medicine between 2002 and 2015 due to suspicion of medical malpractice. The judicial outcomes of each case were also reviewed when available. RESULTS: Of 71 cases, 54 cases had judicial outcomes...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420024/-from-the-expert-s-office-resection-of-thyroid-tissue-instead-of-zenker-s-diverticulum-a-medical-malpractice
#18
M Ellies, A Stapel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405885/sudden-death-due-to-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-following-negative-stress-test-outcome-genetics-and-clinical-implications
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Cristian D'Ovidio, Aldo Carnevale, Vincenzo M Grassi, Enrica Rosato, Bernat Del Olmo, Monica Coll, Oscar Campuzano, Anna Iglesias, Ramon Brugada, Antonio Oliva
This paper discusses the case of a young boy who died suddenly during a football match. The victim's personal and family medical histories were negative for cardiac events. He had undergone a cardiological investigation some months before his death, enabling him to participate in competitive sports. Only post-mortem molecular analysis allowed for a clearer determination of the most plausible cause of death, which was identified as inherited arrhythmogenic heart disease, known as catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia...
April 13, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402448/catherine-l-thompson-patient-expectations-how-economics-religion-and-malpractice-shaped-therapeutics-in-early-america
#20
Matthew Reeves
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 10, 2017: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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