Pick up the phone and call a patient who feels wronged. It may be the single most effective way to prevent lawsuits
Only the risks and complications listed on the form can be assumed to have the patient’s consent
Tampering with a patient’s chart is a surefire way to incur punitive damages
All negligence claims require 4 elements:
duty arising from physician-patient relationship,
breach of duty,
link between that breach of duty and
a specific harm
One of the best ways to avoid liability is to actively listen to the patient and be responsive, even if treatment will not change
The most common sign of impending cardiovascular collapse is a sudden drop in end-tidal carbon dioxide
Over the course of our careers, at least 75% of Ob/Gyns will have 1 or more medical liability claims filed against us. This naturally makes us cautious, sometimes overly so.
Though hysteroscopy is usually an effective—as well as safe—alternative to hysterectomy, many Ob/Gyns have not yet integrated this technology routinely into patient care, partly because of the fear of litigation.