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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New England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS) Meeting, March 6, 2015, in Boston, MA @ Back Bay Event Center | Boston | Massachusetts | United States
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all-day Illinois Society of Eye Physicia... @ Donald Stephens Convention Center
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Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (ISEPS) 2015 meeting, March 6, 2015 @ Donald Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont | Illinois | United States
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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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