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Risk and Claims in Pediatrics: Case Study in Sepsis (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Pediatricians. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate

Original Release Date: October 25, 2012
Review Date: May 31, 2017
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

Description: Compared to other specialties, pediatricians are not sued very often. But when they are, it tends to be very costly. This self-paced internet Monograph provides an overview of pediatric risk patterns and professional liability claims experience. A diagnostic case study is presented. The rapid development and progression of sepsis in a 12 year old child illustrates the combined impact of systems factors and cognitive bias in diagnosis. Practical risk reduction strategies are suggested, based on lessons learned from the case study, the claims data and the professional literature.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1. Define diagnostic error and its relationship to cognitive bias and systems factors.
2. Give pediatric examples of availability bias, premature closure and anchoring.
3. Describe one or more strategies to counter cognitive biases.
4. Describe one or more strategies for reducing the risk of communication failures in pediatric office practices.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

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Disclosure:  The writers and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors - Read Bios
Medical writers: Sara N. Fischer Ph.D. and Ruth Ryan.
Expert Reviewer: Kirk F. Bellard, MD, FAAP

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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