A failure to diagnose or a delay in diagnosing surgical complications are common findings in The Doctors Company's analyses of closed claims. A key to preventing medical errors and adverse outcomes, is to recognize and manage the risk factors for known complications. This Claims Corner examines a neurosurgical case that alleges several failures to assess and treat a patient in a timely manner. It also highlights the importance of communicating with physicians and advanced practice providers involved with post-surgical care.
|Course ID #:||TDE 190271.0||Issue Date:||05/29/2019||Expiration Date:||05/29/2022|
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
- Assess the thoroughness of handoffs to another provider or when accepting responsibility for covering for another provider.
- Verify mutual understanding about roles and communication expectations with other providers treating my patient, including patients where I provide coverage.
- Explore underlying reasons when a patient refuses a test or treatment.
No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity.
The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.
Susan Shepard, MSN, MA, RN, CPHRM, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Professional Education, The Doctors Company
Continuing Education Credit
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The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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