Malpractice Consult

Telephone triage can jeopardize patient safety, lead to litigationLawsuits involving telephone triage tend to allege failure in a physician’s duty to treat, abandonment of the patient, or provision of sub-standard care.
Circumcision requiring revision surgery prompts lawsuitOther cases discussed in this column include ureter damage during hysterectomy, failure to follow up on kidney mass, and incontinence following pelvic organ prolapse surgery.
How surgical time-outs may (or may not) lower litigation risk
Patient sues after stapler misfire leads to rectal tear
How patient obesity can impact malpractice litigation
How patient obesity can impact malpractice litigationWith 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.
Top 5 malpractice articles of 2016Discussion 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.
Patient dies after prostatectomy; is his urologist at fault?
How spoliation of evidence can cost you in courtAs 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.
Did on-call’s refusal to provide consult lead to loss of testicle?
Did on-call’s refusal to provide consult lead to loss of testicle?
Offensive disclosure and defensive medicine: What you need to know
Offensive disclosure and defensive medicine: What you need to knowThe literature is rife with information and data, sometimes conflicting, as to whether disclosure and defensive medicine are beneficial to reducing liability and the chances of a lawsuit. One reason for this conflicting data is that the health care system as a whole is in the midst of a massive change, going from an authoritative physician model to one in which patients are increasingly engaged in their own medical care and treatment decisions.

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