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Managing risk


Reducing risk improves patient safety

Overview


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"
Benjamin Franklin

Safe patient care and reducing medical-legal risk requires physicians to be aware of potential risks and how to avoid them.

The CMPA's case files can teach us many lessons about risk management.

This domain includes risk management tips related to diagnosis, surgery, and medications, as well as additional general advice to reduce medical-legal risk.

Objectives


After completing this domain you will be able to:
  • Outline some of the challenges and pitfalls in diagnosis.
  • Describe 3 risks in surgical care.
  • List 5 ways to reduce risks related to medications.
  • List 4 ways to foster a better doctor-patient relationship.

Topics and case studies

Diagnostic tips

Diagnostic tips

Reducing medical-legal difficulties
Reducing risk in surgery

Reducing risk in surgery

Patient safety during operative treatment
Medication risks

Medication risks

Safe care and medications
Additional tips

Additional tips

Further insights
Quick answers

Quick answers

Questions from our physician members
Test yourself

Test yourself

Check your knowledge