Safety of care

Improving patient safety and reducing risks
The use of a surgical safety checklist should decrease the risk of adverse events and surgical complications by fostering a patient safety mindset and encouraging team communication.
Physicians should speak with patients about their alternative medicine treatments and, as much as possible, provide guidance on potential negative interactions.
Physicians can take these steps to maintain a safe office environment for their employees.
Physicians can take steps to mitigate the medical-legal risks of patients taking photos and making video and audio recordings during healthcare encounters.
Physicians wanting to communicate with their patients using patient portals should consider the steps they can take to mitigate risks and ensure that portals are used properly and successfully.
Physicians who are familiar with regulatory requirements governing organ and tissue donations can more effectively meet their obligations and mitigate the potential for complaints.
Physicians regularly encounter patients or family members who behave aggressively and make demands that may be unrealistic and potentially harmful. In their medical practice, physicians need...
An overview of obligations and issues for doctors when providing or discussing vaccinations with patients or legal guardians.
Experts in CMPA cases make suggestions on how physicians who work in shifting practice settings can manage risks when providing follow-up care and monitoring medication.
The management of elder abuse cases is an increasingly important aspect of physicians’ practices, though determining the appropriateness of actions to address suspected abuse can be challenging.
How physicians can take steps to minimize medical-legal risk when using mobile health applications (mHealth) in their practice.
The quality and safety of obstetrical care can be strengthened when all members of the collaborative care team are fully integrated in the functioning of the unit.
Wellness strategies and resources for physician residents
The CMPA’s review of medical-legal cases that involved issues with antibiotic prescribing provides insight into opportunities for improvement in the areas of patient assessments, communications,...
The safe use of opioids in the hospital setting requires strategies to safeguard patients from harm and must involve all healthcare team members.
Situational awareness is an essential skill for all healthcare providers, particularly those working in high-risk, continuously evolving clinical environments such as labour and delivery.
A review of main issues and new trends in medical tourism and how physicians can minimize risks in treating patients who seek medical tourism in Canada and abroad.
End-of-life treatment decisions can be difficult for both physicians and patients, but many issues can be avoided by following the key concepts outlined.
An examination of coordination of care in the ICU and the importance of good communication.
The management of obstetrical emergencies relies on effective teamwork and communication between members of the care team.
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