Risk Management


When patients fall, are doctors to blame?

Digest V25 N2 COVER2 ANNE M. MENKE, RN, PhD, OMIC Risk Manager Mrs. B, a 73-year-old woman with a number of medical conditions, came to her ophthalmologist’s office for an eye exam. She was asked to sit on a stool with wheels for the exam. She slipped off, landing on her tailbone. X-rays revealed a possible hairline fracture of the spine. When Mrs. B suffered bruising and ongoing pain, she filed a claim against the ophthalmologist. She never regained the ability to walk and died nine months later. Her claim settled for $60,000. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people over 65 years of age, according to...
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all-day Georgia Society of Ophthalmology... @ The Cloister at Sea Island
Georgia Society of Ophthalmology... @ The Cloister at Sea Island
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Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (GSO) Summer Mtg, July 10-12, 2015 @ The Cloister at Sea Island | Sea Island | Georgia | United States
Join us at the summer Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (GSO) meeting on July 10-12, 2015 at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia. Date of OMIC Risk Management Session: Sunday, July 12, 2015 Time: 8:30 am[...]
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all-day Hawai`i Ophthalmological Society... @ The Willows Restaurant
Hawai`i Ophthalmological Society... @ The Willows Restaurant
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Join us for an OMIC session on risk management at the 2015 Hawai`i Ophthalmological Society’s 2015 meeting. Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Location: The Willows Restaurant, 901 Hausten Street,[...]
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Sun
all-day Georgia Society of Ophthalmology... @ The Cloister at Sea Island
Georgia Society of Ophthalmology... @ The Cloister at Sea Island
Jul 12 all-day
Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (GSO) Summer Mtg, July 10-12, 2015 @ The Cloister at Sea Island | Sea Island | Georgia | United States
Join us at the summer Georgia Society of Ophthalmology (GSO) meeting on July 10-12, 2015 at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia. Date of OMIC Risk Management Session: Sunday, July 12, 2015 Time: 8:30 am[...]
Jul
16
Thu
all-day Hawai`i Ophthalmological Society... @ The Willows Restaurant
Hawai`i Ophthalmological Society... @ The Willows Restaurant
Jul 16 all-day
Join us for an OMIC session on risk management at the 2015 Hawai`i Ophthalmological Society’s 2015 meeting. Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Location: The Willows Restaurant, 901 Hausten Street,[...]


CASE STUDY:

Hip fracture in 90-year-old female patient following fall in exam room

RYAN BUCSI, OMIC Senior Litigation Analyst

Allegation

Failure to monitor/assist an elderly patient resulting in a fall.

Disposition

Settled for $100,000. OMIC’s contribution was $50,000.

Following a dilated eye exam, a 90-year-old patient began to get up from the examination chair. In the process, she scuffed her shoe on...

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ANNE M. MENKE, RN, PhD, OMIC Risk Manager In response to the high number of older patients injured in falls each year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a program called STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries. Many of the materials are geared to primary care physicians and include strength, balance, and mobility tests. Ophthalmologists in their offices and staff in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are not likely to perform these tests as part of an eye exam or preoperative evaluation. The information in the documents...





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