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Physician liability for procedure related injury: Focused on central venous catheterization

Title
Physician liability for procedure related injury: Focused on central venous catheterization
Authors
Lee, Seok-BaeBae, HyunaKim, Sung Eun
Ewha Authors
배현아
SCOPUS Author ID
배현아scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF FORENSIC AND LEGAL MEDICINE
ISSN
1752-928XJCR Link1532-2009JCR Link
Citation
vol. 33, pp. 20 - 22
Keywords
Malpractice lawsuitCVC(central venous catheterization)Procedure related injuryLiability
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Central venous catheterization (CVC) is one of essential procedures in critical care medicine. CVC is relatively safe when performed by experienced physicians. Complications may occur due to various risk factors. Although the incidence of CVC-related complications is not high, a serious risk may ensue in cases of such complications. Procedure related complications could lead to civil and criminal lawsuits. This study reviewed the occurrence patterns and rulings of the courts related to CVC in South Korea and tried to find pitfalls that medical professionals should keep in mind before, during and after medical procedures. Various patterns of CVC-related lawsuits have been raised. During the procedure, physicians should perform their duty considering risk factors such as patients' underlying diseases and age. In addition, before the procedure, physicians must obtain written consent for CVC from patients or their legal guardians including explanation of rare complications that could be lethal. After the completion of CVC, surveillance of anticipated complications including chest radiographs should be conducted for the immediate management of any possible complications. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
DOI
10.1016/j.jflm.2015.03.010
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