Top 5 malpractice articles of 2016

December 15, 2016

Discussion of cases involving alleged delay in testis cancer diagnosis, bowel perforation during robotic radical prostatectomy, and arterial injury during nephrectomy were among the most read “Malpractice Consult” articles from 2016.

"Malpractice Consult" remains one of the most popular columns in Urology Times. In response to this, we increased the column's frequency from every other month to monthly, adding writer Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN, manager of clinical risk and patient safety at Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA. Her installments alternate with columns from Dawn Collins, JD, an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, CA. Here are their most-read articles from 2016:   

Patient sues, alleges delay in testis Ca diagnosis

The defendants countered that the plaintiff failed to return for follow-up as instructed. A case involving alleged failure to diagnose Fournier's gangrene is also discussed in this installment. Read more   

Patient’s bowel perforated during robot-assisted RP  

The urologist argued that the patient's medical conditions were not contraindications to surgery. Also read about cases involving failure to diagnose UPJ obstruction and alleged failure to diagnose declining renal function. Read more

Patient sues after arterial injury during nephrectomy

The plaintiff alleged that the urologist deviated from the standard of care and committed medical battery. This article also includes discussion of cases involving sepsis from a kidney stone, delay in diagnosing prostate cancer, complications after bladder sling repair, and delay in diagnosis of prostate cancer. Read more

Did on-call’s refusal to provide consult lead to loss of testicle?

Timely torsion diagnosis and orchidopexy could have saved the patient's testicle, a medical expert argued. Delayed prostate cancer diagnosis and bladder perforation during hysterectomy are also covered here. Read more

You’ve been sued for malpractice: What happens next

In her first "Malpractice Consult" column, Brianne Goodwin, JD, RN, gives an overview of the anatomy of the medical malpractice lawsuit. Read more

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