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Seguridad clínica y reclamaciones por responsabilidad profesional en Oftalmología. / Seguridad clínica y reclamaciones por responsabilidad profesional en Oftalmología. / Clinical safety and professional liability claims in Ophthalmology.

Dolz-Güerri, F; Gómez-Durán, E L; Martínez-Palmer, A; Castilla Céspedes, M; Arimany-Manso, J.
Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol; 92(11): 528-534, 2017 Nov.
Artículo en Inglés, Español | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28669562

INTRODUCTION:

Patient safety is an international public health priority. Ophthalmology scientific societies and organisations have intensified their efforts in this field. As a tool to learn from errors, these efforts have been linked to the management of medical professional liability insurance through the analysis of claims.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

A review is performed on the improvements in patient safety, as well as professional liability issues in Ophthalmology.

RESULTS:

There is a high frequency of claims and risk of economic reparation of damage in the event of a claim in Ophthalmology. Special complaints, such as wrong surgery or lack of information, have a high risk of financial compensation and need strong efforts to prevent these potentially avoidable events. Studies focused on pathologies or specific procedures provide information of special interest to sub-specialists. The specialist in Ophthalmology, like any other doctor, is subject to the current legal provisions and appropriate mandatory training in the medical-legal aspects of health care is essential.

CONCLUSIONS:

Professionals must be aware of the fundamental aspects of medical professional liability, as well as specific aspects, such as defensive medicine and clinical safety. The understanding of these medical-legal aspects in the routine clinical practice can help to pave the way towards a satisfactory and safe professional career, and help in increasing patient safety. The aim of this review is to contribute to this training, for the benefit of professionals and patients.