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Conduct a “time out” immediately before starting the procedure as describe in the Universal Protocol.

Liability & Malpractice

Pitt County Memorial Hospital and the Brody School of Medicine

Hospital Insurance and Risk Management

PCMH provides malpractice coverage for your medical activities that are part of your training program.  The PCMH Risk Management Office is available to you for liability support and will be contacting you when issues of potential risk arise.  If you are contacted by Risk and have concerns about that, please contact the GME Office and/or your program director.

Contact Information

Name

Responsibility

Telephone

Vicki Haddock

Administrator Risk Management, UHS

Pitt County Memorial Hospital

847-5591

Annette Mayo

For information regarding resident professional liability coverage and all other UHS lines of insurance

847-5592

Jody Cook

Director, Risk Management

The Brody School of Medicine

744-2380

Malpractice Statistics

Medical errors kill between 44,000 and 98,000 people a year. More than the number of people who die on the road (43,450), from breast cancer (42,300), or from AIDS  (16,500).

Legal Definition

Medical malpractice is the handling of a case by a physician, surgeon, or other professional in a manner that fails to meet the standards of conduct for duties relating to the medical profession and results in an injury to the patient. These standards are based on what a reasonable person with requisite knowledge and skills would or would not do. Keep in mind that a bad result from a treatment or procedure does not automatically mean bad medicine. Example: a heart surgeon may do everything right during surgery and still lose the patient during surgery.

In a medical malpractice action, in order for the plaintiff to prevail, the plaintiff’s attorney must prove the following:

1.

there is a standard of care in the community which applied to the physician’s conduct

2.

the physician departed from this standard of care

March 17, 2009

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