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CASE STUDY: Failure to Diagnose Nasopharynx Malignancy

A patient in his mid-sixties with a known history of exposure to asbestos and other chemicals several years prior presented to his ENT physician with complaints of nasal congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis, left ear pressure, recent hearing loss, and a history of nosebleeds with associated blood clots upon coughing.

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Patient Selection Criteria and Expectation Management in Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery, once a futuristic notion, is well on its way to becoming commonplace in the United States. A 2016 article in Fortune notes that "Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries — more than double current levels — is expected to be performed with robotic systems..."

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CASE STUDY: Improper Performance of Sinus Surgery

A patient in her mid-sixties presented to her ENT physician with complaints of chronic sinusitis and a 3-month history of headache with facial pain and swelling, as well as purulent nasal discharge. A CT scan revealed a deviated septum, and a subsequent fiber optic exam identified a right-sided sinus blockage.

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How Does Telemedicine Change the Informed Consent Process?

Informed consent — a process that is used to educate patients about the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives to proposed treatments — is a crucial component of a patient's right to make decisions about his/her healthcare. As MedPro Group's Risk Management Strategies for Informed Consent guideline explains, "Any procedure that presents the possibility of material harm to a patient should not be undertaken until the informed consent process has been completed."

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CASE STUDY: Failures in Communication and Management of Care Result in Poor Patient Outcome

The patient, a 66-year-old Hispanic male who did not speak English, was referred to a MedPro-insured ophthalmologist (Dr. A) by his regular optometrist (Dr. B) for evaluation of early cataracts. During the patient's appointment, Dr. A relied on her very limited Spanish proficiency to communicate with the patient instead of using an interpreter.

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Who Is Responsible for Informed Consent?

The informed consent process is a nondelegable duty that physicians, dentists, and other practitioners must perform through discussions with patients. Healthcare providers should obtain consent from patients — or in certain cases, patients' authorized representatives — for proposed surgeries, procedures, or treatments that patients will undergo.

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Risk Management Basics for Informed Consent

Informed consent is a general principle of law that imposes a duty on healthcare providers to disclose to patients the information they need to intelligently make healthcare-related decisions. The basis of informed consent centers on the principle of autonomy, which recognizes an individual's right to make decisions regarding his/her healthcare.

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When Patient Phobias Turn Into Medical Emergencies

Patient anxiety or fear related to medical or dental treatment can be problematic and concerning in various ways. These fears may manifest as noncompliance with treatment protocols or appointments schedules, behavioral issues, or — in extreme cases — medical emergencies.

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