Case Study Review: Spinal Epidural Abscess

Program Description

Physicians benefit from an increased awareness and understanding of lessons learned from closed malpractice claims in their specialty. Attend this session to learn about the issues identified in closed hospitalist malpractice claims for Spinal Epidural Abscess. See what the claims data shows as the most frequent type of risk and the severity of losses for hospitalists. Learn strategies to help you successfully overcome risks that have been problematic in patient care. The program will provide information, case examples, and Patient Safety strategies to reduce risks.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Review claims data related to spinal epidural abscess (SEA) claims
  • Recognize the types of clinical issues that can delay the diagnosis of a SEA and result in severe injury for the patient
  • Identify two strategies to improve physician communication and documentation to reduce the risk for a malpractice claim


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.


Kathleen Stillwell, MPA/HSA, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only those credit(s) commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates one hour for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 16015.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 06/15/2016
Expiration Date for This Activity: 02/05/2018


The information and guidelines contained in this recorded enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

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Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington

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