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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241815/litigation-in-orthopedic-surgery-what-can-we-do-to-prevent-it-systematic-analysis-of-126-legal-actions-involving-four-university-hospitals-in-france
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J Mouton, R Gauthé, M Ould-Slimane, S Bertiaux, S Putman, F Dujardin
INTRODUCTION: Orthopedic surgery produces 20% of medical malpractice claims. However only a few studies have examined the reasons for and consequences of these disputes, and they have usually been limited to a single hospital. This led us to perform a retrospective analysis of the claims at four teaching hospitals in northwestern France. The goals were 1) to describe the circumstances that led to these claims and recommend ways to prevent them, and 2) to describe the conduct of the proceedings and their financial and social outcomes...
December 11, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236272/medical-malpractice-and-transoral-robotic-surgery-evaluation-and-some-preemptive-thoughts
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Daniel D Lydiatt, Ryan Sewell
Medical malpractice is costly and disruptive, and it is important to prevent. We conducted a study with the objective to look at medical malpractice in robotic surgery overall, to evaluate reasons for litigation, and to comment on possible strategies to avoid litigation with transoral robotic surgery. We used the Westlaw computerized database to identify all state and federal verdict summaries in medical malpractice cases. We found 17 cases alleging malpractice that involved the use of robotic surgery. In all, the plaintiffs in 6 cases (35%) contended that an open rather than a robotic approach should have been used, 5 (29%) alleged negligent credentialing, 4 (24%) alleged training deficiencies, 2 (12%) alleged manufacturing problems, and 1 (6%) charged that robotic surgery should have been performed instead of open surgery (1 case involved two of these allegations)...
December 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226309/medical-malpractice-liability-exposure-and-ob-gyn-physician-delivery-decisions
#3
Christine Piette Durrance, Scott Hankins
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the effect of physician medical malpractice liability exposure on primary Cesarean and vaginal births after Cesarean (VBACs). DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary data on hospital births from Florida Hospital Inpatient File, physician characteristics from American Medical Association Physician Masterfile, and physician malpractice claim history from Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. STUDY DESIGN: Our study estimates the effects of physician malpractice liability exposure on Cesareans and VBACs using panel data and a multivariate, fixed effects model...
December 10, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215494/descriptive-analysis-of-state-and-federal-spine-surgery-malpractice-litigation-in-the-united-states
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Nitin Agarwal, Raghav Gupta, Prateek Agarwal, Pravin Matthew, Richard Wolferz Jr, Aakash Shah, Nimer Adeeb, Arpan V Prabhu, Adam S Kanter, David O Okonkwo, D Kojo Hamilton
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Review OBJECTIVE.: This study aimed to determine the factors associated with malpractice litigation in cases involving spine surgery in the United States. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Medical malpractice is of substantial interest to the medical community due to concerns of increased healthcare costs and medical decision-making for the sole purpose of reducing legal liability. METHODS: The Westlaw online legal database (Thomson Reuters, New York, NY) was searched for verdict and settlement reports pertaining to spine surgery from 2010 to 2015...
December 5, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214284/characteristics-of-medical-liability-claims-against-dermatologists-from-1991-through-2015
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Heather Kornmehl, Sanminder Singh, Brandon L Adler, Alexander E Wolf, Dean A Bochner, April W Armstrong
Importance: Recognizing malpractice trends in the field of dermatology is important for establishing safeguards for patient care and minimizing liability. However, there is a lack of published data on malpractice claims against dermatologists. Objective: To determine characteristics of medical professional liability claims in the field of dermatology and to compare these claims with those against all physicians. Design, Setting, and Participants: We examined malpractice liability data collected on dermatologists and other physicians insured by companies that report data to the Physician Insurers Association of America Data Sharing Project (PIAA-DSP), a nationally representative liability claims registry...
December 6, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209790/-delegation-of-medical-activities-in-acute-pain-therapy
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REVIEW
J Erlenwein, A Moroder, E Biermann, F Petzke, A P F Ehlers, H Bitter, E Pogatzki-Zahn
Acute pain management is an interprofessional and interdisciplinary task and requires a good and trustful cooperation between stakeholders. Despite provisions in Germany according to which medical treatment can only be rendered by a formally qualified physician ("Arztvorbehalt"), a physician does not have to carry out every medical activity in person. Under certain conditions, some medical activities can be delegated to medical auxiliary personnel but they need to be (1) instructed, (2) supervised and (3) checked by the physician himself; however, medical history, diagnostic assessment and evaluation, indications, therapy planning (e...
December 5, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206080/understanding-forensic-psychiatry-in-healthcare-practices-and-collaboration-between-legal-nurse-consultants-and-physicians
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Daphne K Sharpe, Jasmine K Hall, Sochima Ochije, Rahn K Bailey
In 2000, the Institute of Medicine stunned many professionals with their published report that noted the vast number of deaths that occur each year in hospitals across the United States which reach as many as 98,000. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the healthcare arena faces litigious issues regularly, with some specialties budgets being significantly impacted by the cost of maintaining liability insurance. Legal Nurse Consultants and forensic physicians working in tandem but who work independently from treating clinicians can carry out forensic independent medical examinations (IME)...
January 1, 2017: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200173/medical-malpractice-claims-following-incidental-durotomy-due-to-spinal-surgery
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Wesley M Durand, Adam E M Eltorai, Govind Shantharam, J Mason DePasse, Eren O Kuris, Alicia E Hersey, Mark A Palumbo, Alan H Daniels
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: Analyze medical malpractice verdicts and settlements associated with incidental durotomy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Incidental durotomy is a common complication of spine surgery. While most intraoperative dural tears are repaired without sequelae, persistent CSF leak, infection, or neurological injury can yield adverse outcomes. The medicolegal implications of incidental durotomy are poorly understood...
December 4, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189439/leading-causes-of-anesthesia-related-liability-claims-in-ambulatory-surgery-centers
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Darrell Ranum, Anair Beverly, Fred E Shapiro, Richard D Urman
OBJECTIVE: We present a contemporary analysis of patient injury, allegations, and contributing factors of anesthesia-related closed claims, which involved cases that specifically occurred in free-standing ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). METHODS: We examined ASC-closed claims data between 2007 and 2014 from The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurer. Findings were coded using the Comprehensive Risk Intelligence Tool developed by CRICO Strategies. We compared coded data from ASC claims with hospital operating room (HOR) claims, in terms of injury severity category, nature of injury, nature of allegation, contributing factors identified, and contributing comorbidities and claim value...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184584/evaluating-the-effective-factors-for-reporting-medical-errors-among-midwives-working-at-teaching-hospitals-affiliated-to-isfahan-university-of-medical-sciences
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Fahimeh Khorasani, Marjan Beigi
Background: Recently, evaluation and accreditation system of hospitals has had a special emphasis on reporting malpractices and sharing errors or lessons learnt from errors, but still due to lack of promotion of systematic approach for solving problems from the same system, this issue has remained unattended. This study was conducted to determine the effective factors for reporting medical errors among midwives. Materials and Methods: This project was a descriptive cross-sectional observational study...
November 2017: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177942/the-net-effects-of-medical-malpractice-tort-reform-on-health-insurance-losses-the-texas-experience
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Patricia H Born, J Bradley Karl, W Kip Viscusi
In this paper, we examine the influence of medical malpractice tort reform on the level of private health insurance company losses incurred. We employ a natural experiment framework centered on a series of tort reform measures enacted in Texas in 2003 that drastically altered the medical malpractice environment in the state. The results of a difference-in-differences analysis using a variety of comparison states, as well as a difference-in-difference-in-differences analysis, indicate that ameliorating medical malpractice risk has little effect on health insurance losses incurred by private health insurers...
November 24, 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173965/complications-and-patient-injury-after-ankle-fracture-surgery-a-closed-claim-analysis-with-data-from-the-patient-compensation-association-in-denmark
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Naja Bjørslev, Lars Bo Ebskov, Camilla Mersø, Christian Wong
BACKGROUND: The Patient Compensation Association (PCA) receives claims for financial compensation from patients who believe they have sustained damage from their treatment in the Danish health care system. In this study, we have analysed closed claims in which patients suffered injuries due to the surgical treatment of their ankle fracture. We identified causalities contributing to these injuries and malpractices, as well as the economic consequences of these damages. METHODS: Fifty-one approved closed claims from the PCA database from the years 2004-2009 were analysed in a retrospective systematic review...
November 21, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171054/the-sticky-standard-of-care
#13
Michelle Oberman
The problem at the heart of "Stemming the Standard-of-Care Sprawl: Clinician Self-Interest and the Case of Electronic Fetal Monitoring," an article by Kayte Spector-Bagdady and colleagues in the November-December 2017 issue of the Hastings Center Report, is the persistence of a suboptimal standard of care long after evidence-driven approaches would dictate a change. That problem is not simply defensive medicine, or what the authors call "standard-of-care sprawl." Instead, it is that, in some cases, the standard of care lags behind best practices...
November 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164542/-vr-and-ar-applications-in-medical-practice-and-education
#14
Min-Chai Hsieh, Yu-Hsuan Lin
As technology advances, mobile devices have gradually turned into wearable devices. Furthermore, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are being increasingly applied in medical fields such as medical education and training, surgical simulation, neurological rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Research results demonstrate the ability of VR, AR, and MR to ameliorate the inconveniences that are often associated with traditional medical care, reduce incidents of medical malpractice caused by unskilled operations, and reduce the cost of medical education and training...
December 2017: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159602/competitive-advantage-of-mba-for-physician-executives-a-systematic-literature-review
#15
REVIEW
Anthony D Turner, Stanislaw P Stawicki, Weidun Alan Guo
In response to systemic challenges facing the US healthcare system, many medical students, residents and practicing physicians are pursuing a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. The value of such proposition remains poorly defined. The aim of this review is to analyze current literature pertaining to the added value of MBA training for physician executives (PEs). We hypothesized that physicians who supplement their clinical expertise with business education gain a significant competitive advantage...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158092/medical-malpractice-in-neurosurgery-a-comprehensive-analysis
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Ranjit Thomas, Raghav Gupta, Christoph J Griessenauer, Justin M Moore, Nimer Adeeb, Rouzbeh Motiei-Langroudi, Bryan Guidal, Nitin Agarwal, Ron L Alterman, Robert M Friedlander, Christopher S Ogilvy, Ajith J Thomas
INTRODUCTION: Neurosurgeons face the highest probability of facing a medical malpractice claim of any specialist. Here, we perform the first specialty-wide review of malpractice claims in neurosurgery using a well-established, national, online legal database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Westlaw (Thomson Reuters, New York) legal service was queried for jury verdicts and settlements related to neurosurgery and medical malpractice from 1985 to 2015. Case files were examined and factors recorded included the age and sex of the patient, the state and year in which the verdict was reached, defendant specialties, award payouts, and alleged reasons for malpractice...
November 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148320/the-extraregulatory-effect-of-nurse-practitioner-scope-of-practice-laws-on-physician-malpractice-rates
#17
Benjamin J McMichael, Barbara J Safriet, Peter I Buerhaus
Patients can hold physicians directly or vicariously liable for the malpractice of nurse practitioners under their supervision. Restrictive scope-of-practice laws governing nurse practitioners can ease patients' legal burdens in establishing physician liability. We analyze the effect of restrictive scope-of-practice laws on the number of malpractice payments made on behalf of physicians between 1999 and 2012. Enacting less restrictive scope-of-practice laws decreases the number of payments made by physicians by as much as 31%, suggesting that restrictive scope-of-practice laws have a salient extraregulatory effect on physician malpractice rates...
January 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139581/breast-radiology-malpractice-suits-characteristics-of-frequency-and-outcomes-national-and-statewide-distinctions
#18
Stephen R Baker, Sri Ram Pentakota, Basil Hubbi
The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency and outcomes of breast malpractice suits among all enrollees in One Call Medical Inc.'s panel of interpreting radiologists nationally and to evaluate state-by-state variations. The 8401 radiologists enrolled had 4764 suits, of which 826 were related to breast disease. In New York and New Jersey, the ratio of breast suits to One Call Radiologists was 0.28 and 0.27, twice as much as in any other state. Breast suits in radiology have a wide variation in frequency across the country with New York and New Jersey far exceeding all others in relative frequency and number of radiologists with multiple breast suits...
November 15, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130271/the-impact-of-state-medical-malpractice-reform-on-individual-level-health-care-expenditures
#19
Hao Yu, Michael Greenberg, Amelia Haviland
BACKGROUND: Past studies of the impact of state-level medical malpractice reforms on health spending produced mixed findings. Particularly salient is the evidence gap concerning the effect of different types of malpractice reform. This study aims to fill the gap. It extends the literature by examining the general population, not a subgroup or a specific health condition, and controlling for individual-level sociodemographic and health status. METHODS: We merged the Database of State Tort Law Reforms with the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey between 1996 and 2012...
December 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130019/patients-knowledge-and-attitude-toward-the-disposal-of-medications
#20
Aeshah AlAzmi, Hani AlHamdan, Rayf Abualezz, Faiz Bahadig, Noha Abonofal, Mohamed Osman
Background: Safe disposal of medications is of high concern as malpractice may lead to harmful consequences such as undesirable effects, prescription drug abuse, overstocking, self-medication, accidental overdose, and even death. There is a lack of uniform and nationwide guidance on how patients should safely dispose their leftover medications. This study aims to assess patients' knowledge and attitude regarding the disposal of medications. Method: This research is a cross-sectional study...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutics
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