As medical litigation continues to increase, the best defence for doctors is to be aware of, and avoid, medical errors. This book focuses on the key legal issues including medical documentation, which reduce risk and liability when handled correctly. It contains chapters on difficult patients and special issues for emergency physicians. The case-based format demonstrates clinical relevance and useful examples are drawn from office, hospital and community settings. This book is the companion volume to Learning from Medical Errors: Clinical Problems which focuses on the most common clinical situations resulting in malpractice litigation. Learning from Medical Errors: Legal Issues is vital reading for all doctors, medical lecturers and teachers and medical lawyers.
Table of Contents
The progress note. Good progress note, putting it all together. What you should not place in a progress note. Things to avoid doing clinically. Dealing with the difficult patient. Clinical tips to decrease liability in your practice Part 1. Clinical tips to decrease liability in your practice Part 2. Things that may go wrong (but are out of your control). Other legal issues involving emergency physicians. What to do after you are sued.