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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916363/tipping-the-scales-educating-surgeons-about-medical-malpractice
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Steven E Raper, Johncy Joseph, Wilda G Seymour, Patricia G Sullivan
BACKGROUND: In Pennsylvania, medical malpractice premiums are a major cost to surgeons. Yet surgeons often have little if any education in the basics of tort litigation or how to manage their risk. This work describes one approach for educating academic faculty surgeons on current concepts of medical malpractice and provide some guidance on how to "tip the scales of justice"; or minimize the risks of being named in a malpractice claim. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The course had five parts: the basics of medical malpractice, the cost of malpractice insurance, current departmental claims experience, strategies for decreasing the risk of being named in a claim, and an overview of malpractice reforms...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892625/progress-at-the-intersection-of-patient-safety-and-medical-liability-insights-from-the-ahrq-patient-safety-and-medical-liability-demonstration-program
#2
M Susan Ridgely, Michael D Greenberg, Michelle B Pillen, James Bell
OBJECTIVE: To identify lessons learned from the experience of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety and Medical Liability (PSML) Demonstration Program. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: On September 9, 2009, President Obama directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to authorize demonstration projects that put "patient safety first" with the intent of reducing preventable adverse outcomes and stemming liability costs. Seven demonstration projects received 3 years of funding from AHRQ in the summer of 2010, and the program formally came to a close in June 2015...
December 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891020/preventing-medico-legal-issues-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Bevinahalli N Raveesh, Ragavendra B Nayak, Shivakumar F Kumbar
The medical profession is considered to be one of the noblest professions in the world. The practice of medicine is capable of rendering noble service to humanity provided due care, sincerity, efficiency, and professional skill is observed by the doctors. However, today, the patient-doctor relationship has almost diminished its fiduciary character and has become more formal and structured. Doctors are no longer regarded as infallible and beyond questioning. Corporatization of health care has made it like any other business, and the medical profession is increasingly being guided by the profit motive rather than that of service...
October 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890107/an-analysis-of-causative-factors-in-closed-criminal-medical-malpractice-cases-of-the-taiwan-supreme-court-2000-2014
#4
Kuan-Han Wu, Shih-Yu Cheng, Yung-Lin Yen, Chien-Hung Wu, Ming-Ta Tsai, Fu-Jen Cheng
Most medical malpractice in Taiwan leads to criminal prosecution. This study examined the epidemiologic factors and clinical errors that led to medical malpractice convictions in Taiwanese criminal prosecutions. A retrospective, 15-year population-based review of criminal Supreme Court judgments pertaining to medical malpractice against physicians and nurses was conducted. Eighty-four cases were reviewed, yielding data that included the number and specialty involved, accused hospitals, the diagnosis, the time interval between incidents to closure, result of adjudication, the origin of cases (private vs...
November 2016: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836201/can-we-assess-risk-of-psychiatric-sequelae-from-perinatal-injuries
#5
Seth A Eappen, Elissa P Benedek, Kerrie Murphy
Medical malpractice litigation involving seven to nine figure settlements has been on the rise over the past decade. Given the life-altering scope of these incidents, forensic child psychiatrists may be asked to opine on the effects of a permanent perinatal injury on normal human development. Whether forensic child psychiatrists can assess risk of future psychiatric effects from such incidents is an important question. This paper is spurred by two separate cases, each involving a male infant having a portion of their genitals accidentally amputated by an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) during a routine circumcision...
November 2016: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830235/unintended-consequences-new-problems-new-solutions-contributions-from-2015
#6
R Koppel, Y Chen
OBJECTIVE: To select the best of the 2015 published papers on unintended consequences of healthcare information technology (HIT). METHOD: Literature searches in several areas of scholarship, including IT, human factors, evaluation studies, medical errors, medical informatics, and implementation science. Also, because the specific terms "unintended consequences" were not often included in abstracts and titles, a more nuanced search algorithm was developed. RESULTS: We identified 754 papers that had some empirical research on unintended consequences of HIT...
November 10, 2016: Yearbook of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815629/pulmonary-artery-perforation-and-coronary-air-embolism-two-fatal-outcomes-in-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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J Zwirner, R Bayer, C Hädrich, A Bollmann, N Klein, J Dreßler, B Ondruschka
Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is a routinely performed method to reduce the risk of stroke in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, when an oral anticoagulation is no longer indicated due to relevant bleeding complications. Currently, the Amplatzer Amulet and the Watchman system are two equally used systems. While there is an acute success rate of more than 95 per cent for this intervention, several minor and major complications such as pericardial effusions, air embolism, vascular lesions in proximity to the heart or even death can occur...
November 4, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813058/resolving-malpractice-claims-after-tort-reform-experience-in-a-self-insured-texas-public-academic-health-system
#8
William M Sage, Molly Colvard Harding, Eric J Thomas
OBJECTIVE: To describe the litigation experience in a state with strict tort reform of a large public university health system that has committed to transparency with patients and families in resolving medical errors. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary data collected from The University of Texas System, which self-insures approximately 6,000 physicians at six health campuses across the state. We obtained internal case management data for all medical malpractice claims closed during 1 year before and 6 recent years following the enactment of state tort reform legislation...
November 4, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802857/adoption-of-electronic-health-records-and-barriers
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Venkataraman Palabindala, Amaleswari Pamarthy, Nageshwar Reddy Jonnalagadda
Electronic health records (EHR) are not a new idea in the U.S. medical system, but surprisingly there has been very slow adoption of fully integrated EHR systems in practice in both primary care settings and within hospitals. For those who have invested in EHR, physicians report high levels of satisfaction and confidence in the reliability of their system. There is also consensus that EHR can improve patient care, promote safe practice, and enhance communication between patients and multiple providers, reducing the risk of error...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788411/frequency-of-medical-malpractice-claims-the-effects-of-volumes-and-specialties
#10
Luigi Buzzacchi, Giuseppe Scellato, Elisa Ughetto
A medical malpractice occurs when a physician or healthcare personnel, because of lack of skill or negligence, causes injury to a patient, who can decide to claim for the damages suffered by suing the facility and/or healthcare personnel. In this paper we analyze the frequency of medical malpractice insurance claims in an Italian region, in order to estimate the presence of significant trends and to identify volume effects at both department and healthcare organization levels. We rely on a unique dataset reporting the universe of 2144 injuries caused by medical or surgical errors that resulted in a request to the insurer for coverage over the years 2004-2010 in ten public healthcare organizations...
December 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785707/medical-malpractice-in-dermatology-part-ii-%C3%A2-what-to-do-once-you-have-been-served-with-a-lawsuit
#11
Vidhi V Shah, Marshall B Kapp, Stephen E Wolverton
Facing a malpractice lawsuit can be a daunting and traumatic experience for healthcare practitioners, with most clinicians naïve to the legal landscape. It is crucial for physicians to know and understand the malpractice system and his or her role once challenged with litigation. We present part II of a two-part series addressing the most common medicolegal questions that cause a great deal of anxiety. Part I focused upon risk-management strategies and prevention of malpractice lawsuits, whereas part II provides helpful suggestions and guidance for the physician who has been served with a lawsuit complaint...
December 2016: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785434/urethral-catheters-and-medical-malpractice-a-legal-database-review-from-1965-to-2015
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Mohannad A Awad, E Charles Osterberg, Helena Chang, Thomas W Gaither, Amjad Alwaal, Ryan Fox, Benjamin N Breyer
BACKGROUND: Urethral catheters (UCs) are commonly used in medicine and are associated with complications such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) and trauma. Given UC complications and their ubiquitous usage in healthcare, there is a potential for liability risk. We aim to explore litigation involving UC-related complications. METHODS: The LexisNexis legal database was queried for all state and federal cases from January 1965 through October 2015 using the terms "urethral catheter" or "Foley catheter" in combination with "medical malpractice", "negligence", "medical error", and "trauma"...
October 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774974/-the-doctor-in-a-vise-between-health-and-the-law-what-to-do
#13
Murat Akbaba, Vedat Davutoğlu
The relationship between patients and physicians has maintained its importance throughout human history because of special features of the medical profession. This relationship engendered true loyalty of patients to their physicians as well as serious legal conflicts. Medical malpractice has gained importance among physicians and ignited discussion because of new articles added to the Turkish Penal Code in 2005. In a very short time, the penalties mandated had a chilling, negative effect on doctors, resulting in loss of affection for the profession, hesitation to intervene, and burnout syndrome...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745945/is-failure-to-awaken-and-wean-malpractice
#14
Constantine A Manthous
BACKGROUND: Respiratory failure is among the most common primary causes of or complications of critical illness, and although mechanical ventilation can be lifesaving, it also engenders substantial risk of morbidity and mortality to patients. Three decades of research suggests that the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation can be reduced substantially, reducing morbidity and mortality. Mean duration of ventilation reported in recent international studies suggests a quality chasm in management of this common critical illness...
May 4, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734331/medical-malpractice-in-dermatology-part-i-reducing-the-risks-of-a-lawsuit
#15
Vidhi V Shah, Marshall B Kapp, Stephen E Wolverton
Malpractice risk is a common source of concern for the practicing physician. Dermatologists experience fewer lawsuits than most other specialists in medicine, but the risk is not negligible. All physicians should familiarize themselves with areas of potential risk and avoid medico-legal pitfalls. We present Part I of a two-part series addressing medico-legal questions common to most practitioners that cause a great deal of anxiety. Part I will focus upon risk management and prevention of future malpractice lawsuits, and Part II deals with suggestions and guidance once a lawsuit occurs...
December 2016: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730397/medical-malpractice-in-bariatric-surgery-a-review-of-140-medicolegal-claims
#16
Asad J Choudhry, Nadeem N Haddad, Matthew Martin, Cornelius A Thiels, Elizabeth B Habermann, Martin D Zielinski
OBJECTIVE: Given the current rate of obesity in the USA, it has been estimated that close to half of the US adult population could be obese by 2030, resulting in greater demand for bariatric procedures. Our objective was to analyze malpractice litigation related to bariatric surgery. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of Westlaw (Thompson Reuters) of all bariatric operations that resulted in the filing of a malpractice claim. Each case was reviewed for pertinent medicolegal information related to the procedure, claim, and trial...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729136/trends-in-medical-malpractice-claims-in-patients-with-cleft-or-craniofacial-abnormalities-in-the-united-states
#17
Rounak B Rawal, Lauren A Kilpatrick, Jeyhan S Wood, Amelia F Drake
OBJECTIVE: To describe medical malpractice trends in patients with cleft and/or craniofacial abnormalities. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A modified Delphi approach was used to gather search terms. Search settings included "all jury verdicts and settlements", with jurisdiction of "all states" and "all federal courts" (by court and circuit). A retrospective review of WestLawNext legal database was conducted. Cases were excluded if they did not have a direct association from the patient's craniofacial anomaly or if they were not related to malpractice...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27715388/medical-malpractice-in-uveitis-a-review-of-clinical-entities-and-outcomes
#18
Ashvini K Reddy, Stephanie B Engelhard, Christopher T Shah, Austin J Sim, Jennifer E Thorne
PURPOSE: To guide risk management in uveitis. METHODS: Retrospective review of malpractice verdicts, rulings, and settlements. RESULTS: The WestLaw® database was reviewed for lawsuits related to uveitis in the United States from 1930-2014. Twenty-five cases met inclusion criteria, and 48% of these were infectious. Overall, 64% of outcomes favored the defendant ophthalmologist. The most common diagnoses were viral retinitis (28%), iritis (12%), syphilis (8%), and toxoplasmosis (8%)...
August 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689046/informed-consent-as-a-litigation-strategy-in-the-field-of-aesthetic-surgery-an-analysis-based-on-court-precedents
#19
Bo Young Park, Jungwoo Kwon, So Ra Kang, Seung Eun Hong
BACKGROUND: In an increasing number of lawsuits doctors lose, despite providing preoperative patient education, because of failure to prove informed consent. We analyzed judicial precedents associated with insufficient informed consent to identify judicial factors and trends related to aesthetic surgery medical litigation. METHODS: We collected data from civil trials between 1995 and 2015 that were related to aesthetic surgery and resulted in findings of insufficient informed consent...
September 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683633/current-techniques-for-ab0-incompatible-living-donor-liver-transplantation
#20
REVIEW
Silke Rummler, Astrid Bauschke, Erik Bärthel, Heike Jütte, Katrin Maier, Patrice Ziehm, Christina Malessa, Utz Settmacher
For a long time, it was considered medical malpractice to neglect the blood group system during transplantation. Because there are far more patients waiting for organs than organs available, a variety of attempts have been made to transplant AB0-incompatible (AB0i) grafts. Improvements in AB0i graft survival rates have been achieved with immunosuppression regimens and plasma treatment procedures. Nevertheless, some grafts are rejected early after AB0i living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) due to antibody mediated rejection or later biliary complications that affect the quality of life...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
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