MedMalPodcast.com: Discovering the Needle Series.

MedMalPodcast.com: Discovering the Needle Series.

Interview podcast (for medical malpractice plaintiff trial attorney listeners), looking at how medical legal experts help trial attorneys solve and win their MedMal cases. FOR NURSES visit our partner website bit.ly/lncmentor if you are seeking info and guidance on becoming a legal nurse consultant (LNC). To come on the show go to medmalpodcast.com and click "be a guest". Attorneys, nurses, and testifying experts welcome!

Episodes

June 29, 2023 19 mins

This case with guest Joan Davis involves a patient who experienced complications with a nasogastric tube. Joan provides valuable insights into the standards of care, potential liabilities, and the crucial role of nurses in ensuring proper insertion and monitoring. The episode takes an unexpected turn as Joan reveals the complexities of interpreting X-rays and the importance of involving a radiologist in confirming the correct place...

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In this podcast episode, we have a special guest, Laurie Morgan, who shares her extensive clinical background as a nurse and her role as a legal nurse consultant. Our host, Elisa, explores how nurses can assist attorneys in personal injury cases, shedding light on the value they bring to the legal profession. Laurie discusses a specific personal injury case involving an older gentleman who experienced various injuries over the year...

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In this special episode my guest and I discuss his super-specialty. Dr. Oami specializes in dermatopathology and cytopathology.  Dr. Oami is a board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatopathologist and board-certified and fellowship-trained Cytopathologist as well as a board-certified and residency-trained n anatomic and clinical pathologist with over 25 years of clinical experience,  and 20 years of experience reviewing medical...

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In this episode, veteran charge nurse and supervisor nurse, Julie Reif and I talk about how a deep dive into the medical record led her to discover that the plaintiff's tale of their family member's death in the hospital was not the true story, and which hospital culture issues allowed her to level up the accountability for this tragic outcome to the hospital itself.

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In this episode, I speak to Kristen Hull, a CRNA. CRNAs are the elite of nurses, and some of the brightest even among APRNs. Kristen explains what her role is in the OR, and how CRNAs may more readily identify issues in the O.R. procedures. We talk about issues affecting CRNAs specifically, and about  documentation and continuity of care from the OR to recovery

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Jack and I continue our discussion and talk about how nurses and doctors can and should document to reduce liability. We discuss why Jack feels it's so important as a trial attorney to connect with your client and to have a strong foundational "why" for what you do and recognize the impact that it has on, not just the patients and families, but on the healthcare industry as a whole and how that drives his practice.

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Jack Cook, Nationally renowned Medmal attorney at Morgan & Morgan and I discuss why getting consulting experts involved early on a case is so key to building a strong case, and he provides tips for medmal attorneys on exactly how he uses his consulting experts. 

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Nicole McCutcheon is a wound care specialty nurse. She and I discuss how, when reviewing a case in their specialty, a specialty nurse will actually FEEL as if she was there, which can be very helpful in spotting issues. We also discuss the little known fact about how orders on specialty patients really are written.

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Maggie Ortiz, the Advocate4nurses, and I discuss a medical malpractice plaintiff case in which there appeared to be  "comedy of errors". Maggie was able to bring multiple actions--and inactions--of the nursing, hospital, and medical staff into question and to facilitate the job of the testifying experts by helping the attorney know which issues to bring to their attention and for which to ask for their testimony/opinion. ...

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Iman Abukar and I discuss why what may feel to a nurse to be a routine assessment is so important. Nurses are constantly assessing; much of it is subconscious and on autopilot. In each specialty and for each condition there are routine things to monitor and assess for. We are the providers' eyes and ears. We need to be on the lookout for when our assessment skills tell us that a complication may be occurring and pass the infor...

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Heidi Palmquist and I talk about nurses missing important doctors' orders and the critical danger of something as seemingly-harmless as IV fluids to the wrong population. Significant conversation about why behind-the-scenes nurse consultants are necessary in addition to and BEFORE engaging a testifying expert and how this can save you thousands. A veteran LNC of 20+ years, Heidi also gives some tips to new LNCs, including the ...

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In this case about an IV drug user who got an infection while receiving treatment in a long-term care facility, Lisa D'Abrosca and I discuss why it's so important not to overlook nursing documentation, which can either condemn or exonerate, and why it's so important to keep an open mind about the narrative no matter what the story you receive tells you. 

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Connie Schaefer, an infection prevention specialty RN and I discuss the basics of pressure ulcers and nursing interventions to prevent them, as well as the challenges of inpatient COVID care. We discuss the difference between nursing and medical diagnoses and interventions. 

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While discussing a case of LACK of documentation, Dr. Tara Zacharzuk-Marciano, LNC, and I discuss why nurses are so hesitant to become testifying experts and how you can convince them. 

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In this episode, Randy Loveless and I discuss the case of a surgery with a bad outcome. That happens, so how do you know when you have a case? In this case, the patient needed a revision surgery... was it the surgeon's fault, the patient's fault, or just the luck of the draw? We also discuss how legal nurse consultants can be ideal to delegate to for the locating and vetting of testifying experts for your case and why.

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In this episode I talk to Jessica Shaffer about how nurses are so capable of finding the needle in the haystack because their unique knowledge and experience in understanding both nursing AND provider documentation is like having a magnet to draw over the hay. We discuss how important it is to not be fixated on the original narrative as provided by the plaintiff, who may be in the dark about the details, and only generates a narrat...

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In this episode, Maryjo Hunt teaches us how a horrible outcome can result from a series of medical errors, not just one. We also discuss how the healthcare providers who may, at first glance, seem to be the culprits, may actually be the heroes when the medical record is examined further. We also discuss how understanding the nuances of an individual patient's comorbidities can impact the standard of care for that unique patien...

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In this episode, Susan Wright shares an example of a known possible complication from a surgical treatment: hemorrhage. Informed consent doesn't give the providers license to provide substandard care. Complications happen, but when they do, during the post-operative period, when the patient is being monitored, and when clear signs of complication are evident and no action is taken, what looks like a simple bad outcome can be r...

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In this episode Emily Messer and I discuss the common medical negligence scenario of a nurse's failure to properly assess a patient's fall risk, resulting in injury. Falls are a "never event" according to all patient safety and regulatory bodies. Most falls are preventable with proper assessment of fall risk and the implementation of proper fall precautions. Nurses are aware of assessments required for various p...

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