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Failure to diagnose retinal detachments

ANNE M MENKE, RN, PhD, OMIC Patient Safety Manager In a recent study of OMIC diagnostic error (DE) claims, we learned that those involving a retinal condition were the most common, accounting for 38% of the claims closed between 2008 and 2014. By far, the most frequently missed diagnosis in our entire study was retinal detachment (RD). The RD claims represent 79% of the DE retina claims and 48% of the DE retina payments. Remarkably, while there were only six claims for failure to diagnose retinopathy of prematurity, those claims comprised 47% of the DE retina payments. This issue of the Digest will explore RD DE claims in more...
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KAEPS 2018 Meeting in Louisville, KY on May 11-12, 2018 @ 21c Museum Hotel | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Join us for an OMIC presentation during the 2018 KAEPS meeting held on May 11-12, 2018 in Louisville, KY.  Take a moment to stop by the OMIC booth inside the exhibit hall – bring your[...]
Apr
27
Fri
all-day West Virginia (WVAEPS) Meeting o... @ The Greenbrier
West Virginia (WVAEPS) Meeting o... @ The Greenbrier
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day
West Virginia (WVAEPS) Meeting on April 27-29, 2018 @ The Greenbrier | White Sulphur Springs | West Virginia | United States
Join us at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, at the 2018 meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WVAEPS). Date of OMIC presentation: Sunday, April 29, 2018 Time: approximately 12[...]
May
11
Fri
all-day KAEPS 2018 Meeting in Louisville... @ 21c Museum Hotel
KAEPS 2018 Meeting in Louisville... @ 21c Museum Hotel
May 11 – May 12 all-day
KAEPS 2018 Meeting in Louisville, KY on May 11-12, 2018 @ 21c Museum Hotel | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Join us for an OMIC presentation during the 2018 KAEPS meeting held on May 11-12, 2018 in Louisville, KY.  Take a moment to stop by the OMIC booth inside the exhibit hall – bring your[...]


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Failure to diagnose a RD by a comprehensive ophthalmologist

RYAN M BUCSI, OMIC Claims Manager A 57-year-old corrections officer presented to an OMIC insured comprehensive ophthalmologist on referral from the emergency department. The patient reported a fall at work where he struck the left side of his head, face, and hip. He explained that his vision became blurred after the fall. His...

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ANNE M MENKE, RN, PhD, OMIC Patient Safety Manager As reported in the lead article, our recent study of diagnostic error (DE) claims showed that the ophthalmologist’s care was the primary factor in the delayed diagnosis of retinal detachments (RDs). Experts evaluating such malpractice claims have the advantage of knowing the patient’s outcome and reviewing the records generated by all staff members and providers. They strive to understand the ophthalmologist’s decision-making process, and may support care they understand even if they would have handled the situation differently. They...





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