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Trial and error: learning from malpractice claims in childhood surgery.

Prieto JM, Falcone B, Greenberg P, et al. Trial and error: learning from malpractice claims in childhood surgery. J Surg Res. 2022;279:84-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2022.05.033

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August 24, 2022
Prieto JM, Falcone B, Greenberg P, et al. J Surg Res. 2022;279:84-88.

Hospitalized children are vulnerable to patient safety risks. Using a large malpractice claims database, researchers found that a wide range of pediatric surgical specialties – including orthopedics, general surgery, and otolaryngology – are most frequently associated with malpractice lawsuits. The study identified several potentially modifiable factors (i.e., patient evaluations, technical performance, and communication) that can lead to improvements in pediatric surgical safety.

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Prieto JM, Falcone B, Greenberg P, et al. Trial and error: learning from malpractice claims in childhood surgery. J Surg Res. 2022;279:84-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2022.05.033

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