October 1, 2007
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This is the first of a two-part series on arbitration of medical malpractice disputes. Part one will provide a brief overview of arbitration in general and of selected cases.
Increasingly, the anesthesia department is directing guidelines and training requirements for procedural sedation in hospitals, including the ED. Is this practice going to increase your liability risks?
Many ED staff are not aware of the distinction between compensatory, non-compensatory, and punitive damages, and don't realize the many categories for which juries may award damages, says Barbara Pilo, a health care attorney counsel attorney in the litigation section of the Dallas office of Fulbright & Jaworski.
Emergency physicians must now ask whether EP-performed ultrasound represents a convenient option or a legal obligation. This article focuses on the history of EP-performed ultrasound and whether this imaging modality triggers a new standard of care in emergency medicine.