Risk, Liability And Malpractice

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"Risk, Liability and Malpractice: What Every Plastic Surgeon Need To Know" is your indispensable guide to maintaining a reputable, safe, successful plastic surgery practice. Authors Phil Haeck, MD and Mark Gorney, MD, two of the best-known and most trusted authorities on this subject, discuss every issue you need to consider, from which procedures carry the highest risk through claims arising from Medi-Spas and unique aspects of providing aesthetic surgery for male patients. Written in a concise and easy-to-read style, this is the book you need to make wise clinical and practice decisions, manage your patients’ expectations, avoid complications, and deliver satisfying results.

• Effectively navigate your toughest legal issues! Must-read chapters include "The Most Risky Procedures in Plastic Surgery," "Claims Arising From Medi-Spas," and "The Unique Aspects of The Male Patient and Aesthetic Surgery."
• Get advice you can trust! Phil Haeck, MD has been writing Plastic Surgery News’s "On Legal Grounds" column for more than five years and is the 2011/2012 president of ASPS. Mark Gorney, MD, a former ASPS president,is a founding member of The Doctors Company, now the country’s largest malpractice insurance carrier, and has taught the basics in risk management to thousands of his colleagues.
• Read it quickly and put it to work in your practice! A concise, practical approach with minimal legal jargon presents the guidance you need in a way that is easy to understand and apply.

A vital reference on avoiding risks in malpractice for any leading plastic surgeon who wants to maintain a reputable, safe, successful plastic surgery practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This small book captures the subtle and not so subtle nuances of maintaining a healthy plastic surgical practice without being disrupted by a malpractice lawsuit.
Purpose: The authors wish to provide an understanding of how to prevent malpractice litigation and avoid unnecessary practice risks in plastic surgery, and they impart their accrued knowledge in a format that offers counsel on liability in the specialty.
Audience: The book is fruitful reading for neophytes, established plastic surgeons, and all those in between.
Features: What better way to start this book than with the genesis of the litigation claim. The standard of care is no longer the domain of isolated medical communities, and is now viewed in terms of outcomes based on a broader national picture. Hence, the manner in which a surgeon addresses issues of informed consent, documentation, and disclosure are judged against a wider swathe of universal outcomes. The 14 chapters detail the manner in which to practice safe, effective, and litigation-free plastic surgery. Risky procedures that are harbingers of legal action, understanding psychological aspects of the patient interview, the role of properly trained staff, and claims based upon office-based procedures, medical spas, and surgical interventions are all discussed. The book also provides guidelines for recordkeeping, informed disclosure, and dealing with the liability carrier and expert witnesses in a malpractice claim.
Assessment: Despite surgeons' professed intention to do no harm, the possibility that legal action will be initiated against one during a lifelong career is statistically plausible. Armed with the information in this book, plastic surgeons can lessen the odds and significantly modulate this occurrence.
From the Publisher
“The content is based on actual claims and a history of conflicts, not just a theoretical assessment of issues. I cannot imagine two better-qualified, excellent writers than Drs.
Haeck and Gorney. They clearly speak to us as plastic surgeons, not attorneys, which is a bonus.
The book is compact and can provide daily reference for the experienced practitioner seeking information on specific areas and a broad background for new practitioners. Malpractice suits, sadly, can be a cost of doing business-but the goal of this book is to make readers (surgeons and office staff alike) aware of the pertinent issues. I believe it has succeeded.” - Neal R. Reisman, MD, JD, FACS - Aesthetics surgery journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437727012
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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