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 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.
Physicians in non-surgical disciplines who perform invasive procedures may be exposed to medical-legal risks, though these can be effectively mitigated.
This article focuses on the main areas of medical-legal risk for otolaryngologists (ENT specialists) based on the CMPA’s case files and on safety measures that can be taken to mitigate those risks.
Meningitis poses a significant risk of death and disability, especially in vulnerable populations. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is critical.
Learn how Canadian physicians can meet the care challenges posed by immigrants with a number of specific approaches.
Videoconferencing is a valuable tool in healthcare today, though in-person patient consultations are still necessary in many circumstances. Using videoconferencing appropriately improves safety and...
A review of medico-legal cases related to stroke, outlining some of the challenges in diagnosis and providing suggestions from experts to improve care and reduce risk.
Hip or knee arthroplasty can greatly improve quality of life, yet it may also have significant risks.
Missed or delayed diagnosis of a serious medical condition is often related to inadequate assessment and physical examination, cognitive biases, and deficiencies in the system of care.
Physicians who treat or who are asked to treat transgender individuals should be aware of the ethical and legal considerations in these circumstances to avoid allegations of discrimination.
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