Risk Management


Misunderstanding Common in Consent Discussions

Digest No4 2014 coverAnne M. Menke, RN, PhD, OMIC Risk Manager Informed consent laws in most states require physicians to advise patients of their condition, the proposed treatment, and the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the procedure, including no treatment. The standard of what to disclose is usually what a “reasonable layperson” would want to know before agreeing to undergo surgery. The plaintiff in a lawsuit for lack of informed consent needs to prove that he would have refused to consent if the surgeon had advised him of a risk he considered “material” to his decision-making process. As the following claim shows, ophthalmologists and patients may have very different...
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Colorado Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (CSEPS), February 11, 2015 @ La Merise in Cherry Creek | Denver | Colorado | United States
Join the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (CSEPS) and OMIC for an evening of risk management discussion. Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Place: La Marise in Cherry[...]
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Utah Ophthalmology Society 36th (UOS) Winter Meeting, February 20, 2015 @ Sheraton Hotel Conference Center | Salt Lake City | Utah | United States
Join us on Friday, February 20, 2015 for the 36th winter meeting of the Utah Ophthalmology Society. To register, go to http://utaheyemds.org/ Location: Conference Center at the The Sheraton Salt Lake City, 150 West 500[...]
Feb
11
Wed
all-day Colorado Society of Eye Physicia... @ La Merise in Cherry Creek
Colorado Society of Eye Physicia... @ La Merise in Cherry Creek
Feb 11 all-day
Colorado Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (CSEPS), February 11, 2015 @ La Merise in Cherry Creek | Denver | Colorado | United States
Join the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (CSEPS) and OMIC for an evening of risk management discussion. Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Place: La Marise in Cherry[...]
Feb
20
Fri
all-day Utah Ophthalmology Society 36th ... @ Sheraton Hotel Conference Center
Utah Ophthalmology Society 36th ... @ Sheraton Hotel Conference Center
Feb 20 all-day
Utah Ophthalmology Society 36th (UOS) Winter Meeting, February 20, 2015 @ Sheraton Hotel Conference Center | Salt Lake City | Utah | United States
Join us on Friday, February 20, 2015 for the 36th winter meeting of the Utah Ophthalmology Society. To register, go to http://utaheyemds.org/ Location: Conference Center at the The Sheraton Salt Lake City, 150 West 500[...]


CASE STUDY:

FFK Diagnosed on Day of Planned Bilateral LASIK 

Ryan Bucsi, OMIC Senior Litigation Analyst

Allegation

Failure to provide informed consent regarding risk of complications from PRK OS with forme fruste keratoconus.

Disposition

Case settled for $200,000.

Case summary

A 30-year-old female presented to an OMIC insured’s office for a LASIK evaluation. The initial consultation was handled by a technician, who discussed risks such as dry eyes,...

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Plain Language Concepts in Consent Discussions 

Anne M. Menke, RN, PhD, OMIC Risk Manager The analysis of informed consent claims presented in the lead article indicates that patients often don’t understand the planned surgery. How can busy eye surgeons and their staff better explain the risks of treatment while staying on schedule? How can they know which patients need additional guidance or have misinterpreted what they have been told? Health literacy experts suggest that the use of “plain language” can help. This article will introduce this idea and explore ways it may be used...





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