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Risk 122a: Malpractice and Safety Issues Unique to Treating Athletes

  • NCCAOM Approved for Safety 3 hours
  • Assess the relationship between the implementation of efficient office systems, accurate record keeping, patient communication, and adherence to professional standards of conduct within the context of malpractice allegations by patients who engage in sports.
  • Identify actions suggestive of malpractice negligence and conduct that fails to live up to the standard established by law for the protection of others.
  • Demonstrate a professional relationship can spring into existence when the healthcare professional is hired by a third party to oversee the health of athletic participants.
  • Distinguish the duties an examining physician has regarding informing those athletes he examines about abnormal test results.
  • Explain the legal concept of “assumption of the risks” within the context of sports participation and how it affects a healthcare professional’s liability.
  • Identify “therapeutic exceptions” to providing informed consent excusing the practitioner from fully disclosing matters where they might unfavorably affect the outcome of a patient’s treatment.
  • Explain a healthcare professional’s duty to warn patients engaged in sports regarding injury prevention following treatment.
  • Examine a practitioner’s duties regarding athletes’ return to play in instances when head injury and concussion may be a factor.

Peter Van Tyle, Esq

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$60.00 USD

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