Malpractice Risks for Dental Hygienists

Malpractice risks for dental hygienists

It might seem as though dental hygienists are unlikely to be named in malpractice lawsuits, but that is not the case. According to the National Practitioner DataBank from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were 2,530 medical malpractice payment reports and adverse action reports taken against dental hygienists and assistants between 2003

The importance of medical documentation

One of the best defenses if you’re faced with a malpractice suit is comprehensive, professional and accurate patient records. In Implications of Altered Medical Records we discussed why it is so important that patients’ records be kept with integrity. Now we’ll look at what goes into proper documentation. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

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Patient safety education for medical students

You may be surprised to learn that patient safety is not a significant focus in undergraduate medical school curricula. The research study “Patient safety education for undergraduate medical students: a systematic review” found that patient safety content ranges from only 4 to 30 hours across various medical schools. The study also found that no patient

Wound care potential liabilities

The need for care of chronic wounds, whether pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers or other non-healing wounds, is becoming more prevalent as the population ages. As with any aspect of patient care, wound care has specific liabilities for health care professionals associated with it. Best practices for care One vital aspect of wound care is to follow

improving medication accuracy

Medication errors are a common safety risk for patients, particularly those who are hospitalized. According to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 Preventing Medication Errors report, the average hospitalized patient is subject to at least one medication error per day, of which 20 percent are believed to be harmful. These errors are more frequent in relation

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EMR software

As electronic medical records (EMR) software becomes ubiquitous in the medical field, there are increasing concerns about the effects of having a computer terminal in the exam room on interactions between health care providers and patients. A recent study from Northwestern University published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics found that doctors who use

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affordable care act and health care workers

While serving as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius encouraged nurses to educate people about the Affordable Care Act and the difference that having health insurance can make on a person’s health. “Nurses play a critical and important role in these efforts,” said Sebelius. “You know from your firsthand experience how important health

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Nurse sleeping on train

It’s very common for nurses to work long or rotating shifts, often at odd hours, which can lead to frequent sleepiness and fatigue. Getting insufficient sleep has many adverse effects on mood, job performance and motivation, and it can compromise your safety and that of your patients. While nothing can take the place of a

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What to expect in trial preparation and testimony

Our series on understanding the claim process is intended to give you a basic knowledge of the legal process and guidance that can help you if you find yourself in a position of defending a malpractice claim. In Part 5 of our series, we discuss what to expect when preparing for trial and testimony. Part

what to expect when giving a deposition

Our series on understanding the claim process is intended to give you a basic knowledge of the legal process and guidance that can help you if you find yourself in a position of defending a malpractice claim. In Part 4 of our series, we discuss what to expect when giving a deposition. Part 4: What

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