Issue: July 2018
This Report is Over 50 Pages. See Below for Previews of the 16 Articles in the Report.
Need this Report? Click Here to Login or Buy.
Or, click any article title.

Already a subscriber? Log in and beginning reading.

Out of Surgery and Into Recovery: Post-Op Risks

Introduction

Post-Operative Liability

Post-operative care in the recovery room or a post-anesthesia care unit is the care a patient receives immediately after a surgical procedure. Post-operative complications may occur and must be timely treated.

 

A tragedy at a Pennsylvania surgical center noted the dangers in medical recovery rooms when an outpatient tonsillectomy resulted in a teen’s death. The lawsuit alleged "She died as a result of being abandoned, not monitored, and not watched by nurses, in the recovery room for a period of over 25 minutes… [the teen] laid there helpless after nurses administered a dose of the painkiller fentanyl."


Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of litigation issues that may arise in connection with a recovery room or post-anesthesia care unit injury. 


The Perspectives: Improve Your Strategy

Attorneys:

What proof is needed for a medical malpractice action involving a post-surgical recovery injury? And, what is a potential strategy for the attorney to employ?

Physicians:

How can liability for medical malpractice be avoided for a post-surgical recovery injury? And, what is a potential strategy for the physician to employ?

Insurers:

Can a payout under a medical malpractice liability policy be avoided by proof that the health provider was not negligent or there was no coverage for the patient’s post-surgical recovery injury? And, what is a potential strategy for the insurer to employ?

Employers:

Can a hospital or other employer of a physician or other health care provider be subject to liability for the provider’s negligence or medical malpractice involving a post-surgical recovery injury? And, what is a potential strategy for the employer to use?


Practice the Technique: Checklists

Attorneys:

Check this list of facts and circumstances tending to show a provider’s liability for malpractice or negligence related to postoperative recovery injury.

Physicians:

Presented is a checklist of items a physician must consider when defending against claims of malpractice or negligence related to a patient’s postoperative recovery injury.

Insurers:

The insurer should check these “red flags” and inconsistencies when investigating a claim of postoperative recovery injury.

Employers:

Use this checklist to determine if a hospital employer may be held vicariously liable for the actions of an employee or agent, such as a recovery room nurse.

Expert Analysis

How Can Post-Operative Delirium in Older Patients be Prevented and Treated?

Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH and Thomas Robinson, MD

How Can Post-Op Patient Pain Be Safely Controlled Using Opioids?

Tim J. Lamer, MD

Litigation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration or mediation may be required by contract or statute, may be mandated by the court or, in some circumstances, may be the appropriate method for a negotiated resolution.


Reasons to Reach Settlement

The following are reasons why the attorney, physician, insurer, or employer would want to reach settlement, and not take the action to trial.


Reasons to Go to Trial

The following are reasons why the attorney, physician, insurer, or employer would want to take the action to trial.


Jury Awards and Settlements

How much have juries awarded and what settlements have been reached recently in cases involving postoperative and recovery room injuries?



Medical Examples

Surgical Recovery and the Recovery Room

This section provides detailed medical information on patient recovery from surgery including recovery room standards, recovery room care protocols, recovery room/post-op complications, patient return to the operating room or to the hospital after discharge, and patient discharge or transfer from the recovery room. Also discussed is the patient’s prognosis and ability to work after surgery.



Law and Medicine Resources

Law and Medicine Resources

Provided is a listing of law and medical resources for further information on medical malpractice or negligence involving recovery from surgery.


Purchase This Report




Out of Surgery and Into Recovery: Post-Op Risks

Table of Contents
Introduction

Expert Analysis
   Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH and Thomas Robinson, MD
   Tim J. Lamer, MD

The Perspectives: Improve Your Strategy
   Attorneys
   Physicians and Health Providers
   Insurers
   Employers and Risk Managers

Practice the Technique: Checklists
   Attorney Checklist
   Physician Checklist
   Insurer Checklist
   Employer Checklist

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Reasons to Reach Settlement

Reasons to Go to Trial

Jury Awards and Settlements

Surgical Recovery and the Recovery Room

Law and Medicine Resources