Dr. Richard Mufson is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in private practice in North Miami Beach, Florida. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, the post-graduate OMS residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. For well over twenty five years, Dr. Mufson has lectured extensively on required state-mandated courses for the practice of dentistry, including Laws and Rules of Dentistry, Medical Errors, and Risk Management. He is also Past President of the South Florida District Dental Association and Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
This lecture will satisfy the state-mandated biennial 2 Hour requirement for prevention of medical errors, and will include information on the occurrence, prevalence, and scope of problem of medical errors within our health care system, in addition to discussion of root cause analysis, patient safety, and prevention and reduction of errors potentially resulting in patient harm.
There will also be an emphasis on the topic of risk management, including techniques and methods of practice designed to lower the risk of a patient initiating a lawsuit, and reducing the likelihood of a plaintiff prevailing in the event a lawsuit is filed. Also utilizing a “best of” approach to important concepts taught to us over many years by OMSNIC, and others from personal observation, the information will be combined, collated, and uniquely presented in the format of an “algorithm” specifically designed to prevent and defend three relatively common and representative categories of potential lawsuits we face in our daily practice.
(1) Techniques designed to increase awareness of, and prevent, medical errors
(2) Techniques designed to (a) lower the risk and/or likelihood of a lawsuit, or in the event of a legal claim against us, (b) lower right risk and/or likelihood of the plaintiff prevailing
(3) An algorithm for reducing patient injury and/or associated legal claims, using as examples, three types of claims OMS are called upon to defend: Lingual nerve injury, IA nerve injury, and TMJ