Ms. Goodwin is manager of clinical risk and patient safety at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.
IPP suit hinges on expert’s lack of credibility
"The expert testified that the standard of care after penile prosthesis surgery is to leave the implant in a semi-inflated state for 4 to 6 weeks, when in fact the standard is to keep the implant in a deflated state," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Retained metallic object prompts lawsuit
"The plaintiff alleged that she notified the urologist of her continuing pain and was told there was nothing wrong," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Resident, attending sued over BPH procedure
The court found that treatment performance was below the standard of care.
Not your patient? You can still be sued for malpractice
"It is prudent for providers to know the law of the jurisdiction where they practice and any applicable policies surrounding consult and documentation," advises Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Why physician testimony is so important
"As the primary witnesses for the defense, [the treating physicians] did not build credibility, were not likable, and did not take any responsibility for the medical care of the claimant," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Diagnostic errors still top driver of claims
"Where other indicators of medical malpractice claims have decreased over the years, the prevalence of diagnostic error has not changed, calling for more innovating thinking, introspection, and systematic approaches to prevention and shared learning," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Positional injuries pose medicolegal risks
"A patient’s success on a claim of injury based on intraoperative positioning would likely be based on a negligence theory, or potentially a lack of informed consent theory," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Adequate translation services crucial; here’s why
Failure to provide an interpreter incurs legal and regulatory risk.
AMA discharges: What you may not know
Here’s what to do when a patient disregards medical advice.
Specimen errors carry large consequences
Optimize patient identification by following these steps.
Specimen errors carry large consequences
Social media: Mitigate your risk of litigation
Attorneys will scour for online ‘dirt’ to use in a lawsuit, writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Retained surgical item lawsuits will cost you
"Given the costs of defense and the challenge to defend lawsuits involving [retained surgical items], preventing them from occurring at all is the best solution," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
How incidental radiology findings can lead to malpractice litigation
"Incidental radiology findings are low-hanging fruit that organizations should develop processes for handling proactively," writes Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN.
Is your scribe raising your risk of a malpractice lawsuit?
Informed consent: A medicolegal guide for urologists
Informed consent in medicine generally refers to one of two things: the process by which a provider obtains consent through discussion of risks, benefits, and alternatives with patients, and the actual form that is signed by the physician and the patient. Both are critical pieces to any medical malpractice litigation where a claim for lack of informed consent has been pled.
Telephone triage can jeopardize patient safety, lead to litigation
Lawsuits involving telephone triage tend to allege failure in a physician’s duty to treat, abandonment of the patient, or provision of sub-standard care.
How surgical time-outs may (or may not) lower litigation risk
How patient obesity can impact malpractice litigation
With the New Year being associated with resolutions of improved health and fitness and reducing the number on the scale, it seems a particularly appropriate time to share some information about how obesity impacts urologic care and treatment, and the impact of obesity on malpractice litigation.
How spoliation of evidence can cost you in court
As a practicing urologist, it is in your best interest to understand what a spoliation charge means in the state where you practice and the requirements of proof.
How continuous treatment rules can make lawsuits thrive
How to avoid malpractice suits related to APPs
It is imperative that physicians know the law of the state they practice in with regard to their relationship with and responsibility for advanced practice providers who are providing urologic care, writes Brianne Goodwin, RN.
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