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Patients susceptible to ulcers need education, legal sign-off

Patients susceptible to ulcers need education, legal sign-off | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Providers should begin to educate certain patients and their families about “unavoidable” pressure ulcers to help fend off related litigation, two medical malpractice attorneys recommended in the National Law Review.
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Behind bars and bandages: providing care in prison | Blogs | Royal College of Nursing

Leanne Hume and Michelle Raddings, our Lead Nurses for Independent Health and Social Care in the Northern and Yorkshire and Humber regions, discuss their visit to a regional reception prison and what they learned from the nursing staff there.
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Behind bars and bandages: providing care in prison | Blogs | Royal College of Nursing

 

Prison care

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Navigating the Legal Boundaries of Telehealth

This article was authored by Melissa Ratliff, RN, BSN, Legal Nurse Consultant.It may seem like telehealth emerged overnight during the COVID 19 pandemic. However, telemedicine has been developing for centuries.Depending on how you define telehealth, you could say it has been around for
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Navigating the Legal Boundaries of Telehealth

 

Telehealth is an innovative and new era of healthcare.  New standards and new issues are arising and legal issues need addressed. Please also review AIHCP's Legal Nurse Consulting Program

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Medical Malpractice Law: A Brief Look at Current Issues and the Value of Mediation – Missouri In House Counsel

Medical Malpractice Law: A Brief Look at Current Issues and the Value of Mediation – Missouri In House Counsel | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
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Medical Malpractice Law: A Brief Look at Current Issues and the Value of Mediation – Missouri In House Counsel

 

Malpractice law

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Why most medical malpractice claims never see a courtroom

Why most medical malpractice claims never see a courtroom | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
My research reveals that a prominent plaintiff attorney in Maryland claims plaintiff attorneys only accept 1 out of every 37.5 medical malpractice cases they review, leading to the rejection of many potentially meritorious cases, which contradicts the societal expectation for fairness in legal representation.
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Why most medical malpractice claims never see a courtroom

 

Many cases are settled outside course

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Minnesota needs more nurses to treat victims of sexual assault

Minnesota needs more nurses to treat victims of sexual assault | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Many rural areas across Minnesota lack nurse examiners and other resources that can support victims of sexual assault.
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Minnesota needs more nurses to treat victims of sexual assault

 

More forensic nurses are needed

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Compassionate Champions: Forensic Nurse Examiners

Compassionate Champions: Forensic Nurse Examiners | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
In 2023 ChristianaCare’s Emergency departments treated more than 2,000 patients who were victims of violent crimes. In those sensitive situations, a specially trained team of nurses called forensic nurse examiners provides compassionate, trauma-informed care. For their innovative, dedicated approach to care, this full-time team of 25 nurses received the Compassionate Champion Award in health care […]
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Compassionate Champions: Forensic Nurse Examiners

 

A closer look at Forensic Nursing

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The Trauma of Malpractice Litigation | Hospital Pediatrics

Dr X is a pediatric hospitalist, having finished his residency 3 years ago. In the past year, he had been involved in the care of a young child who had passed away unexpectedly, despite receiving adequate care. In the month after the child’s death, Dr X had felt immense grief for this patient and his family. A year after the child’s passing, while Dr X was celebrating his 30th birthday with his family, he received a call that he had been named in a lawsuit regarding that child. On that phone call, the only thing he was told was not to talk to anyone about it and that a lawyer would speak to him eventually. In the following weeks, Dr X felt devastated, ashamed, and isolated with no idea of what would happen in the future. What should he do if he is not allowed to talk?According to a recent report, one-third of US physicians were sued in the year 2022.1 Although pediatrics in general is considered a low-risk specialty for malpractice litigation, it is by no means immune from it. In the field of pediatrics, hospital-based subspecialities and long work hours are associated with an increased risk of being exposed to a lawsuit.2Malpractice litigation is often not secondary to a medical error. Adverse and unfortunate outcomes can occur with the best standard of care and health care providers as human beings cannot always control the trajectory of an illness. Despite these undisputable facts, pediatric health care providers undergo significant trauma and mental distress, without any support or training on how to cope with it.Studies have shown that physicians experience significant emotional distress, shame, defensiveness, and disruption of their personal life in the aftermath of a lawsuit.3 They also often experience physical symptoms including sleep disturbances, insomnia, fatigue, changes in appetite, and depression. It is common for physicians to start viewing patients as plaintiffs and change their practice of medicine including defensive medicine, use of unnecessary tests, and extreme fear of adverse outcomes.4As stated, malpractice claims are not always secondary to a medical error. However, physicians who are highly perfectionist individuals often feel guilty, isolated, disillusioned, and doubt their clinical competence. The death or adverse outcome in a pediatric patient is often devastating for any pediatrician, and the additional impact and responsibility in the term of a lawsuit compounds the guilt and shame that they are already experiencing. It can lead to burnout, depression, and can also cause posttraumatic syndrome–like symptoms.Because of the confidential nature of the legal process, physicians are often advised not to share and discuss the details with professional colleagues. Shame and loss of confidence also play a role in the decision for physicians to stay quiet and keep it to themselves. Physicians often feel that if they share it with someone, it could tarnish their reputation. The taboo and hushed culture around malpractice litigation in health care systems and the lack of psychologically safe spaces in hospitals for such discussions contribute to the undeserved shame and isolation of being “sued.” This is unfortunate in medical malpractice because the legal process is often long, lasting up to 2 to 5 years and can lead to permanent scars even after resolution.In academic and community hospital systems, defensive medicine and the use of unnecessary tests is often looked down on. In medical conferences, there is a huge platform for discussion on how to avoid unneeded clinical interventions in health care, which is important and needed. However, there is a huge void for discussion of the systematic factors that may contribute to it. These could include unsafe work environments, staffing and work hours, and prior litigation experiences and fear of liability. There is also a void in graduate medical education on training pediatric residents and fellows on best practices to prevent malpractice litigation and the psychological effects of an unavoidable lawsuit.Burnout and depression in pediatric providers have increased over time, especially after the pandemic.5 Medical malpractice is one of the stressors that can contribute to increased burnout and loss of identity in pediatricians. Studies have also shown that physicians undergoing malpractice claims are at an increased risk of suicide, which is undoubtedly a devastating consequence.6 The stigma around seeking help for mental illness, along with the lack of opportunity and taboo around discussion of malpractice in professional environments, is a problem that needs urgent attention. It is extremely important for pediatric hospitalists because studies have shown that they are at increased risk of malpractice claims.It is imperative for hospital systems to destigmatize the discussion around litigation and create a culture of safety, by introducing discussions about it in larger settings. This can decrease the isolation and shame associated with malpractice and make physicians more open to discussion. Confidential peer counseling and group support systems around malpractice litigation should be readily and widely available in all pediatric hospitals. From the time physicians are named in a medical malpractice suit, they should be offered a dedicated confidential peer supporter, apart from an attorney, who can help them cope with the psychological effects of a lawsuit and refer them for counseling and other services if needed. It is important to remember for hospitals that this is often a “first” for many physicians and they are bound to feel clueless and isolated. Graduate medical education should also work on introducing mandatory training and curriculum to better prepare residents in the future. Coaching support should be offered to physicians with previous litigation experience to help diminish the fear of liability in future practice. Hospital leadership should work on safe staffing and work hour models to decrease the risk for pediatric hospitalists of being exposed to litigation.There should be more research and discussion on the effects of malpractice litigation and the use of defensive medicine in pediatric hospitalists. It is important for the people in leadership positions to recognize the relation between medical malpractice and physician well-being and take urgent steps to break the taboo around it.
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Beyond the legal issues, there lies the trauma of losing someone, especially when care was good for the deceased.  Sometimes lawsuits can still arise. Please also review AIHCP's Legal Nursing Program

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'You are not alone' – MultiCare Forensic Nurses share insight into critical need, help for victims  | Help Me Hayley | khq.com

'You are not alone' – MultiCare Forensic Nurses share insight into critical need, help for victims  | Help Me Hayley | khq.com | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
SPOKANE, Wash. – Forensic nursing is a specialty type of medical care many are unaware of until the horrific moment they need it.
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'You are not alone' – MultiCare Forensic Nurses share insight into critical need, help for victims  | Help Me Hayley | khq.com

 

The critical role of the forensic nurse in helping victims

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10 states with the highest medical malpractice rates

"Discover the top 10 states with the highest medical malpractice rates over the last 10 years, with Louisiana leading the way, according to reports from the Nat
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10 states with the highest medical malpractice rates

 

Higher malpractice rates

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Teleradiology medical malpractice more frequently leads to higher payouts, patient death

Teleradiology medical malpractice more frequently leads to higher payouts, patient death | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Findings are based on an analysis of 135 teleradiology malpractice cases and 3,474 more in regular radiology, conducted by Harvard Medical School and published in Radiology. 
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Teleradiology medical malpractice more frequently leads to higher payouts, patient death

 

Higher payouts

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Iowa nurse pleads not guilty to overdosing patients

Iowa nurse pleads not guilty to overdosing patients | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Iowa hospital nurse charged with overdosing patients with medications, allegedly obtaining drugs by deceit and neglecting dependent adults.
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Two former IU Health nurses face state disciplinary action for allegedly sharing photos of patient

https://www.ibj.com/articles/two-former-iu-health-nurses-face-state-disciplinary-action-for-allegedly-sharing-photos-of-patient

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Nurse charged with falsifying records after patient's death

Nurse charged with falsifying records after patient's death | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
"Former nurse accused of falsifying medical information after patient's death at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital. Charges filed by PA Attorney General. Investiga
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Nurse charged with falsifying records after patient's death. It's terrible when a nurse commits acts like this. As legal nursing consultants, how can these crimes be prevented? Do you have any legal nursing advice to give?

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The Fate Of Medical Malpractice Claims Against Military Hospitals

Service members in the United States are not experiencing much success regarding medical malpractice claims against military hospitals even though a law that
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The Fate Of Medical Malpractice Claims Against Military Hospitals

 

Malpractice in military hospitals

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Checking in on Ohio nursing legislation as lawmakers break for summer recess | HealthLeaders Media

Checking in on Ohio nursing legislation as lawmakers break for summer recess | HealthLeaders Media | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
  Shortly before Ohio lawmakers left for summer recess, the House passed a bill aimed at reducing violence in health care settings. 
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Checking in on Ohio nursing legislation as lawmakers break for summer recess. Are you an RN that wants to learn about Legal Nurse Consulting? If so, then you should consider checking out our online Legal Nurse Consulting certification program - https://aihcp.net/american-college-of-legal-nurse-consulting/ 

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AHA Urges Congress to Stop CMS from Enforcing Minimum Staffing Requirements for Nursing Homes

AHA Urges Congress to Stop CMS from Enforcing Minimum Staffing Requirements for Nursing Homes | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
The American Hospital Association sent letters to the Senate and House urging them to support legislation that would prevent the CMS from enforcing its final rule on minimum staffing requirements for long-term care facilities. The organization argued that the mandate could lead nursing homes to reduce capacity or close altogether.
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AHA Urges Congress to Stop CMS from Enforcing Minimum Staffing Requirements for Nursing Homes. Legal Nursing professionals also know the laws in regards to staffing as well as how patients are treats. A legal nurse consultant just doesn't hang out in court all day! 

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The 10 best states for avoiding a malpractice suit

The 10 best states for avoiding a malpractice suit | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
While no state is malpractice-free, some are much more litigious than others.
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The 10 best states for avoiding a malpractice suit

 

Avoiding malpractice

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The 10 states where you are most likely to get sued for malpractice

The 10 states where you are most likely to get sued for malpractice | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Is your state one of the 10 states where you are most likely to get sued for malpractice
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The 10 states where you are most likely to get sued for malpractice

 

Highest malpractice states

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Medical Malpractice is Harder to Prove Than You May Expect

Medical Malpractice is Harder to Prove Than You May Expect | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Even though the US healthcare system boasts some of the world’s most esteemed treating physicians, the sad reality is that more Americans die each year from medical negligence than they do, automobile accidents.  Medical malpractice can implicate various professionals and corporations who fail to meet an industry-specific consensus known as a “Standard of Care.” Culprits […]
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Medical Malpractice is Harder to Prove Than You May Expect

 

Proving malpractice

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Mental Health Telehealth Across State Lines: Malpractice Insurance

Mental Health Telehealth Across State Lines: Malpractice Insurance | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Mental Health telehealth across state lines can impact malpractice coverage. This article highlights key issues to consider and discuss.
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Mental Health Telehealth Across State Lines: Malpractice Insurance

 

Telehealth and the confusion of malpractice cross state lines

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5 Factors Influencing A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Length

5 Factors Influencing A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Length | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
Experienced injuries due to medical malpractice Are you considering a legal action If so you must look for top reasons that influence the medical malpractice lawsuit length Such practices are
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5 Factors Influencing A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Length

 

Effects on legal malpractice length

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A Forensic Nurse's Guide to Addressing Sexual Assault, Support, and Reporting Path

A Forensic Nurse's Guide to Addressing Sexual Assault, Support, and Reporting Path | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and in this episode of the Nurse Converse Podcast, our host Leah Helmbrecht, BSN, RN, who works as a forensic nurse examiner and sexual assault nurse examiner, confronts the pervasive misconceptions surrounding sexual assault, emphasizing that it is not about sex but rather about power and control and transcends demographics, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.
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A Forensic Nurse's Guide to Addressing Sexual Assault, Support, and Reporting Path

 

Great guide for forensic nurses

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Strategies for specialty surgeons to minimize increasing insurance premiums

Strategies for specialty surgeons to minimize increasing insurance premiums | Legal Nurse Consultant | Scoop.it
The importance of implementing proactive strategies to mitigate risks and reduce premium impacts.
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Strategies for specialty surgeons to minimize increasing insurance premiums

 

Limiting future problems

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5 states with the highest, lowest malpractice award payouts

Wyoming has the lowest malpractice award payout per capita, according to WalletHub's report.
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5 states with the highest, lowest malpractice award payouts

 

Highest and lowest payouts

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