Informed Consent Legal Length Discrepancy
Studies have shown that a signed consent form does not guarantee that the patient is completely aware of the specific nature of the treatment, and that patients remain insufficiently informed, even when extraordinary steps are taken to provide comprehensive information and to ensure patient understanding.
A common professional liability lawsuit facing an orthopaedic surgeon relates to a leg length discrepancy or inequality after performance of total hip arthroplasty (THR). This one potential side effect of THR has resulted in 6 malpractice cases that we have successfully managed to date.
A 2002 study attempted toRead More
Malpractice Risks With NPs and PAs in Your Practice
Mark Crane - Jan 03, 2013
The growth in the number of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) has been enormous and is likely to intensify. This trend will have a dramatic impact on physicians, whether employed or in private practice, in terms of both liability issues and day-to-day practice. Thanks in part to the looming doctor shortage and the Affordable Care Act, which will ultimately allow 30 million Americans to acquire health insurance, these midlevel providers will be treating more and more patients and performing services that were formerly the exclusive province of physicians.
Lost in Transition – Coordinating Care Between Inpatient and Primary Care
By: Renee H. Martin, JD, RN, MSN- Counsel to Positive Physicians
Hospital discharge is the most frequent type of care transition, occurring 39.5 million times each year. Research shows that 19% of discharged patients experience an adverse event, such as an emergency department (ED) visit or readmission, within three weeks of discharge.
A 2003 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that more than half of all preventable adverse events occurring soon after hospital discharge have been associated witRead More