Risk management Torts And Medical Assistant

Some common areas of negligence may result in torts when the standard of care is not adhered to; practicing good risk management makes the medical assistant and the physician-employer less vulnerable to litigation.    

1) Protect patients from falling from an examination table, wheelchair, or stretcher.

2) Check for faulty electrocautery. Have repair done by qualified technicians.

3) Check patient identification by correctly identifying patient before performing a procedure or administering a medication.

4) Never leave a patient unattended. If you must leave, pass the responsibility for the patient's care on to another individual.

5) Be particularly watchful with patients who have special needs such as the elderly, pediatric patients, and those with physical and emotional disabilities.

6) Properly label and identify all specimens. Handle specimens properly.

7) Make certain the patient has signed a consent for surgery and other care.

8) Follow all policies and procedures established by your employer.

9) Do not misrepresent your qualifications.

10) Document fully only facts and do not alter medical records.

11) Admit any error that may have occurred.