Understanding Medical Malpractice
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Ophthalmologists are required to provide a diagnosis, treatment plan, review the risks associated with the procedure, and alternatives to the procedure. Prospective patients must also disclose over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, dietary supplements, and homeopathic remedies that they are taking prior to surgery. Some types of drugs must be discontinued for a set time period prior to certain ophthalmology procedures and patients are required to agree to follow instructions about medications prior to ophthalmology procedures.
When there is a possibility that the patient does not fully understand any component of the initial consultation, caregivers or healthcare powers of attorney are requested to participate in the initial consultation and informed consent process. Full disclosure of medication use and unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as cigarette smoking, is particularly important and does not always occur.
Two-Step Consultation Tools
There is a broad range of educational tools such as audio, video eye models, and drawings that may be provided to patients to teach patients about complications. These tools may be reviewed in the initial consultation or in a second consultation prior to the procedure.
Ophthalmologists may obtain documentation of the use of such tools and include documentation in the chart to provide proof that additional precautions were taken by the ophthalmologist. These help ensure that patients understand the risks involved and agree to manage risks associated with ophthalmology procedures.
Pre-Operative Instruction List
Both oral and written dissemination of pre-operative instruction information is appropriate for ophthalmologists to review in ophthalmology procedures. Additionally, there should be a record in the chart of the patient's agreement that the pre-operative instructions are understood and will be followed in order to reduce the risk of complications. In cases involving elderly individuals, caregiver agreements may also be documented.
Post Operative Instruction List
As with pre-operative lists, oral and written dissemination of post-operative instruction information is appropriate for ophthalmologists to review. Patients following post-operative instruction lists reduce the risk of complications. Documentation may be made in the chart that describes the patient's agreement to manage complications should one arise.
The above-mentioned tools are not meant to represent the legal aspect of the informed consent process, but they may shed light on understanding how complications in ophthalmology may be presented. By understanding these methods, our doctor can let you know what can be presented in your case.