Beyond Negligence Administrative Compensation for Adverse Medical Outcomes

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Obstetrics and Gynecology (Impact Factor: 5.18). 05/2010; 115(5):896-903. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181da8612
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    ABSTRACT: Obstetric caregivers are plagued with lawsuits alleging negligence for suboptimal outcomes. Some of those claims are unjustified, but many have merit. We are obligated to create systems designed to minimize the potential for errors that harm our patients. A variety of safety initiatives have been shown to improve patient outcomes in several centers in the United States, but it has been difficult to document the expected association between those results and reduced liability premiums. Furthermore, some individuals and institutions have been reluctant to adopt safety tools such as electronic fetal monitoring certification for all staff working on their Labor and Delivery floor, protocols for managing common clinical scenarios, simulation drills for dealing with uncommon dangerous events, and pre-procedure checklists because of the paucity of evidence based data documenting the effectiveness of those approaches. It is time to move forward with these and other safety initiatives in a serious national attempt to eliminate all preventable adverse patient outcomes in our specialty.
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