2:54 minutes. Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP, chief of the emergency medicine department at Scripps Mercy in San Diego, California, describes changes her department made to improve patient safety based on the data and recommendations in The Doctors Company’s Emergency Medicine Closed Claims Study. First, the study identified the need for rapid recognition of stroke patients and treatment for tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Dr. Lev’s hospital system now takes stroke patients straight to a CAT scan without stopping at an emergency department bed, and the entire stroke team is activated. Second, many patients are on blood thinners, which can lead to complications in the epidural space with neurological implications. Now any patient on blood thinners is considered a potential risk for bleeding anywhere in the body. Third, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in emergency medicine settings often handle wound care—an area of risk. Now any wound with a tendon injury has to be explored by a physician before closing the wound. Fourth, discharge instructions are emphasized to identify the patient’s responsibilities.
The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, regularly issues industry-leading closed claims studies that alert specialists to common risks and help them identify ways to improve patient safety.
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