Malpractice claims against ophthalmologists that were closed with patient indemnification of at least $250 000 (18% of all eye claims closed with payment to patients) were analyzed for risk prevention.
The incident of alleged malpractice occurred within 1 month of the initial physician-patient encounter in 43% of claims and on the initial encounter in 17%. Cataract was the most frequent problem for which these patients sought treatment.
Eighty-four percent of these patients sustained injuries resulting in legal blindness or worse.
The most frequent complication of treatment (25%) was failure or delay in diagnosis of detached retina, or negligent treatment resulting in a retinal detachment.
The most frequent factors influencing the decision to seek a settlement included altered records, poor documentation, informed consent problems, failure to see the patient promptly, and failure to obtain or follow the advice of a consultant.
Mots-clés Pascal : Ophtalmologie, Chirurgien, Faute professionnelle, Pratique professionnelle, Indemnité dédommagement, Malade, Homme, Santé publique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Ophthalmology, Surgeon, Malpractice, Professional practice, Indemnity, Patient, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0166834
Code Inist : 002B09N. Création : 199608.