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Thomas Fridén, Tomas Movin, Åke Andrén-Sandberg
We audited forty-six patients with a rupture of the Achilles tendon notified to the Swedish regulatory authority (the Health and Social Care Inspectorate) due to suspicion of malpractice. The patients' history and clinical presentation differed from those with a more classical acute rupture. The diagnostic errors were often found in patients older than 60 years, they were just as common in women as in men and the symptoms often had a subacute start. In most patients, the diagnostic errors were due to an incomplete clinical examination...
May 23, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506414/unintentional-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injuries-following-thyroidectomy-is-it-the-surgeon-who-pays-the-bill
#2
REVIEW
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/28479642/does-medical-malpractice-law-improve-health-care-quality
#3
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/28476341/missed-acute-appendicitis-on-multidetector-computed-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-legal-ramifications-challenges-and-avoidance-strategies
#4
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/28458290/study-of-safety-evaluation-in-dispensing-of-medicines-analysis-of-relationship-between-dispensing-error-rate-inspecting-error-rate-and-malpractice-rate
#5
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/28445561/allegations-of-failure-to-obtain-informed-consent-in-spinal-surgery-medical-malpractice-claims
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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/28398089/post-mortem-in-the-victorian-asylum-practice-purpose-and-findings-at-the-littlemore-county-lunatic-asylum-1886-7
#14
Lynsey T Cullen
This article examines the purpose of the post-mortem in the late Victorian asylum and discusses what the findings reveal about contemporary understanding of mental health. By examining the practice at the Littlemore Asylum of Oxford, the definition of the asylum post-mortem will be questioned and issues of consent and ownership of the dead body explored. It will be argued that the purpose of the examination was partly to appease the demands of the Commissioners in Lunacy, to protect the asylum against accusations of malpractice, and to appease the resident assistant medical officer's own morbid curiosity...
April 1, 2017: History of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387945/obstetrician-perceptions-of-the-causes-of-high-cesarean-delivery-rates-in-turkey
#15
Mert Küçük
OBJECTIVE: To assess obstetricians' perceptions surrounding cesarean delivery rates in Turkey. METHODS: The present cross-sectional descriptive study was performed between May 1 and June 30, 2016. Practicing obstetricians with contact details known by the researchers and those attending a conference in Turkey were asked to complete a self-administered questionnaire that collected demographic data and information on participants' opinions, beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to cesarean delivery...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383097/prevalence-of-self-medication-among-university-students-in-baghdad-a-cross-sectional-study-from-iraq
#16
Rawa J K Al-Ameri, Husham J Abd Al-Badri, Riyadh K Lafta
The objective of this study is to find out the prevalence and determinants of self-medication among college students in Baghdad, Iraq. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Al-Mustansiriyah and Al-Nahrain universities, Baghdad, from January to April 2015. A multistage random sampling technique was adopted to collect data from 1435 college students using a questionnaire form. The mean age of the joining students was 19.8 years. Females form 53% of the sample. Self-medications use was prevalent among 92.4% of students...
March 30, 2017: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378968/patient-aggression-towards-different-professional-groups-of-healthcare-workers
#17
Krystyna Kowalczuk, Elżbieta Krajewska-Kułak
INTRODUCTION: Patient aggression affects healthcare quality and, in extreme situations, may even lead to medical malpractice. Little is known, however, about the specific distribution of health care professionals' exposure to patient aggression in various countries. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the exposure of various professional groups of healthcare personnel to patient aggression, and to identify potential determinants (medical profession, age, gender, professional experience and employment at outpatient/inpatient healthcare units) of this exposure...
March 31, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377022/use-of-a-mock-deposition-program-to-improve-resident-understanding-of-the-importance-of-documentation
#18
Mina Guerges, Eliza Slama, Yacoub Zayadin, Alicia Kieninger
INTRODUCTION: It has been estimated that the probability of a physician being involved in a medical litigation by 65 years of age ranges from 76 to 98% depending on specialty. We hypothesized that a mock deposition held by a medico-legal expert attorney could effectively increase awareness of the importance of accurate and complete medical documentation. METHODS: Pre and post-lecture and mock deposition surveys were analyzed and the contents evaluated. Residents and attendings from the surgical, medical and OB-GYN departments participated...
May 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367278/full-informed-consent-the-most-basic-measure-of-protection-against-medical-malpractice-suits
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EDITORIAL
Heezoo Kim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346582/rates-and-characteristics-of-paid-malpractice-claims-among-us-physicians-by-specialty-1992-2014
#20
Adam C Schaffer, Anupam B Jena, Seth A Seabury, Harnam Singh, Venkat Chalasani, Allen Kachalia
Importance: Although physician concerns about medical malpractice are substantial, national data are lacking on the rate of claims paid on behalf of US physicians by specialty. Objective: To characterize paid malpractice claims by specialty. Design, Setting, and Participants: A comprehensive analysis was conducted of all paid malpractice claims, with linkage to physician specialty, from the National Practitioner Data Bank from January 1, 1992, to December 31, 2014, a period including an estimated 19...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
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