Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 13:00 - 14:30
Track3 - Medico-Legal
Track Chair: Dr. John Tallon

The Role and Experience of the Expert Witness in Emergency Medicine and Lessons Learned - Dr. Steve Wheeler

Actions Against and College Complaints Regarding Residents - Dr. Charlotte Crosbie

Description:

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

Pearls

Expert Nursing Opinion: A Window Into Emergency Care - Ms. Sondra Rutman

Description: In my role as a legal nurse consultant, I have found that bad patient outcomes happen not because of errors committed by a single medical professional, but by the confluence of small mistakes made by several health care workers. Vignettes will illustrate some lessons that can be learned.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the sum effect of individual errors on patient care.
  2. Acknowledge the impact of professional interpersonal issues on patient care.
  3. Understand that thorough documentation can save your patient (and you!).

Pearls

  1. Error + error + … + error = disaster.
  2. As your mother taught you, mind your manners.
  3. Document, document, document!

Sondra Rutman is a registered nurse with more than 30 years experience in a variety of acute care settings, including two emergency departments as well as in ICU. She founded Legal Nurse Atlantic Inc. in 2008 and has since provided expert opinion on more than 50 medical malpractice cases for lawyers across the country while continuing her hospital nursing practice.

The Utilization of Data Analytics in Medico-Legal Issues at the CMPA in Emergency Medicine - Dr. Lisa Calder

Description: This presentation will review current medico-legal trends for Emergency Medicine in Canada and describe key risk management messages including how these data can be used to improve the safety of emergency care.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and drivers of emergency medicine medico-legal trends.
  2. Identify top 3 medico-legal risks in emergency medicine.
  3. Apply at least one practical tip to improve the safety of emergency care.

Pearls

  1. Complaints to regulatory bodies are increasing –physicians can mitigate their risk.
  2. Diagnostic error is a leading cause of medico-legal complaints in emergency medicine.
  3. An appropriate, focused and well-documented physical exam can help reduce diagnostic error.

Dr. Calder is an emergency physician and patient safety researcher. She is Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine and Affiliate Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is currently Director of Medical Care Analytics at the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Panel Discussion: Mitigation of Medico-Legal Error and Negligence in Emergency Medicine with Audience Questions - Drs. John Tallon, Steve Wheeler, Lisa Calder, Ms. Sondra Rutman

Description:

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

Pearls