Dr. Andrews, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performed a successful breast augmentation on a patient in her mid-thirties. Approximately 5 months after the procedure, the patient sent an email message to Dr. Andrews' practice expressing that she was extremely pleased with the results of the augmentation. In the message, she attached a picture of herself that highlighted the results of the surgery.Read more
One of the most significant concerns related to the use of social media in healthcare is the requirement to maintain strict confidentiality of patients' protected health information (PHI). This obligation is addressed in federal law and governed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).Read more
History has shown that natural disasters and other environmental crises can occur with limited warning and may necessitate a rapid emergency response. In the United States alone, 79 disasters were declared in 2015.
Although information about emergency preparedness and response in healthcare often focuses on hospitals, the ability to respond quickly and efficiently also is vital for healthcare practices.Read more
- Ensure that general surgeons' privileges are based on training, credentials, and competency.
- Enhance technical surgical skills through ongoing performance improvement efforts, such as mentoring, proctoring, and continuing education.
A patient with right upper quadrant pain and gallstones consented to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The informed consent documentation did not specifically include the risk of biliary injury.
In an attempt to avoid biliary structures, the surgeon initiated a dome dissection but converted to a base dissection upon visualizing inflammation and extensive adhesions at the surgical site.Read more
In both 2014 and 2015, the ECRI Institute listed robotic surgery complications due to insufficient training on its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list. ECRI noted that robotic surgical systems (RSS) are being used more frequently and more broadly, without thorough consideration of surgical teams' training and proficiency.Read more
Documentation in the medical record fulfills many purposes. It records and memorializes patient care, facilitates communication among caregivers, forms the basis for coding and billing, provides data pertinent to quality improvement, and may provide information that is critical during an audit or legal action.Read more
Healthcare providers and staff have an ethical and legal responsibility to protect patient confidentiality by preventing unauthorized disclosure of patient-identifiable health information.Read more