Safety of care

Improving patient safety and reducing risks
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.
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.
Medical regulatory authorities are making more information about physicians available to the public. This article provides an overview of this trend, and explains how the CMPA helps members.
A review of medical-legal cases involving severe hyperbilirubinemia in newborns highlights the need for better understanding of treatment and adherence to published guidelines.
Physicians should understand the role of coroners and medical examiners in Canada, and how and when to provide information to them.
Physicians can work collaboratively with physician assistants, but should be aware of the potential risks inherent in this working relationship and how these can be managed.
Patient handovers can be a time of high risk. Patient safety experts recommend various strategies to improve the performance of this task.
Requirements for consent and other lessons learned related to the use of restraints on patients from a review of CMPA medical-legal cases.
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