Summary

Risk management is a major issue in the provision of health care.  Hospitals require both a proactive and a reactive approach.

Our extensive experience acting for hospitals in the defence of medical malpractice claims provides us with a broad knowledge base of various situations involving patient safety and risk management issues that have previously led to poor outcomes. 

This experience provides valuable insight that we use to analyze and consider our clients’ patient safety and risk management situations.  

We also apply this knowledge to other healthcare institutions like long-term care facilities where risk management is a critical component of resident care.

We routinely make recommendations with respect to changes to policies or practices to reduce risk, as well as advice on responding to incidents in order to reduce the risk of future litigation.

Our team has experience advising hospitals on credentialing and related issues for professional staff.  We frequently advise medical advisory committees appearing at Hospital Board hearing and appeal boards.

Publications

Representative Work

  • Advice on responding to adverse events and unexpected outcomes, including investigations and disclosure to patients, residents or family members.
  • Drafting of adverse events policies.
  • Advice on professional staff privileges and appointments.
  • Advice on dealing with police requests for information and staff interviews, including working with police liaisons to develop standard policies.
  • Advice on responding to patients in distress on hospital grounds including consideration of Code Blue policies.
  • Incident reviews, including preservation of necessary evidence.
  • Advice on dealing with disruptive patients.
  • Advice on documentation standards.