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The Sentinel: May 2018


Falling Into Risk Reduction Opportunities

Risk Topics  |  Kathy Cartwright, BSN, RN, CPHQ, LNCC

Falls represent a large percentage of office and surgical accidents reported to SVMIC. Falls have also generated considerable attention from patient safety organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed an initiative specifically addressing patient falls in their “STEADI&rd...

A Time-out that Did Not Save the Day

Closed Claim Review  |  Dan Himmelberg, JD

Jim Logan,[1] a 54-year-old attorney and outdoorsman, had seen various providers over several years with occasional complaints of pain in one or both knees. In 2011, he injured his left knee while fishing. An MRI showed degenerative changes. Mr. Logan was initially treated with NSAIDS and pain medication. Six...

What You Don't Know...Can Hurt You


The following article is based upon an actual claim situation experienced by an SVMIC policyholder. The details have been altered to protect our policyholder’s privacy. David[1], an employee of Dr. Jerome’s medical practice, was in college studying to become an IT Specialist. David was hired to m...

Making the Most of Team Meetings

Risk Matters  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

Like most busy physicians, you probably dread the monthly team meeting to take a closer look at office processes and systems. In a day filled with playing phone tag, wading through e-mails, dealing with unexpected patient situations, following up on tasks and documenting, where’s the time to squeez...

Self-scheduling: Attracting the Coming Wave of Patients

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The generations known as “Baby Boomers” and “Gen Xers” constitute the majority of your patients today; however, it’s necessary for you to be thinking about the coming wave of Millennials and Gen Zers. While addressing the needs of the new generations may concern you, the automat...

Treating Pain Amidst Multiple Guidelines

Risk Topics  |  Rett Blake, MD

The Challenges Physicians Face Taking care of patients in chronic pain has always been a challenge for physicians. We face many different challenges trying to help people who suffer with pain, the first hurdle figuring out the cause. There’s a long list of things that can cause something as common as c...

How Being a Father Has Made Me a Better Doctor

Risk Topics  |  Michael McAdoo, MD

Along this pathway called life, I’ve had 2 distinct blessings which overlapped and played an integral role in my career. First, the opportunity to practice medicine as a calling serving my fellow man. Secondly is the God-given blessing of being a father and allowing me to pass on a father’s love a...

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