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Risk Issues in General Ophthalmology: Retinal Tears (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

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

Original Release Date: November 22, 2013
Review Date: May 31, 2016
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

Description: Conditions of the retina including retinal tears are the conditions most commonly associated with medical malpractice claims against general ophthalmologists. This monograph will provide an overview of ophthalmology claims, a closed claim analysis of a case of retinal detachment, the 2013 AAO guideline on retinal tears and detachment, and risk management recommendations for reducing the risk associated with these conditions.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1) Cite several ways to substantiate your documentation of “no retinal tears or detachment”.
2) Describe how to best substantiate in the record your instructions to the patient with a retinal tear.
3) State two recommendations regarding the eye examination from the 2013 AAO retina guideline, and characterize their relative strength of evidence.
4) Define and carry out an informed refusal.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 5 out of 6 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 Ophthalmology



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, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors: Kenneth E. Rhea, MD, FASHRM and Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW - Read Bios

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

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

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 © 2013

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

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