Learning from Medical Errors: Legal Issues by Anh Vu T. Nguyen

By Anh Vu T. Nguyen

As scientific litigation maintains to extend, the simplest defence for medical professionals is to concentrate on, and stay away from, clinical mistakes. This publication makes a speciality of the foremost felony matters together with clinical documentation, which decrease danger and legal responsibility whilst dealt with competently. It comprises chapters on tough sufferers and targeted concerns for emergency physicians. The case-based layout demonstrates medical relevance and helpful examples are drawn from place of work, medical institution and neighborhood settings. This booklet is the spouse quantity to studying from clinical mistakes: medical difficulties which specializes in the most typical scientific events leading to malpractice litigation. studying from scientific mistakes: criminal concerns is essential studying for all medical professionals, clinical academics and lecturers and clinical legal professionals.

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Although this statement is probably true and many authors have written that they rarely add to or alter the treatment regimen, we find it unacceptable in the rare instances when the diagnosis is missed because the exam was not performed. How can you justify to yourself and to a jury that you missed a diagnosis because you did not perform an exam that takes no longer than two minutes and does not cost the patient an extra penny? Furthermore, while it is also true that most physicians seldom encounter enough pelvic or rectal pathology to become proficient at these examinations, how is a physician ever to become proficient if he or she does not practice?

American Medical News. 46(29): 4. *Reprinted with permission from the Vol. 13, No. 6 issue of Physicians Practice, The Business Journal for Physicians ® . com. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Physicians Practice content, including by framing, is prohibited without prior written consent. Physicians Practice shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance therein. For more information call (800)781-2211 ext. com. Chapter 4 Things to avoid doing clinically • Avoid treating problems that you have never treated before • Avoid giving the diagnosis of constipation (most of the time) • Avoid letting your patient or others influence your medical recommendations • Avoid accepting a patient’s history if there is conflicting data from others • Avoid ignoring abnormal vital signs • Avoid ignoring nurses’ comments • Avoid ignoring your patient’s concerns • Avoid assumptions and avoid giving diagnoses when you are unsure • Avoid the belief that ‘gold standards’ are golden • Avoid treating children in the same manner as adults Avoid treating problems that you have never treated before Clinical problems that a physician has never treated before or has had very little experience with treating are usually best to defer to a more experienced physician.

Lee J Johnson, a healthcare attorney in New York, agrees with this philosophy. 7 We believe that this section is particularly important in the progress note because it requires the physician to recall everything that he has learned in his medical career and combine that with the new information that he has just obtained from his patient and formulate diagnostic possibilities from this amalgamation of information. ’ At the time, as medical students, this was our time to ‘shine’ and show off our knowledge.

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