Course: Risk Management Rounds: Anesthesiology, Second Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 5
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 4.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 2/1/2016
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Tips for anesthesiologists on reducing liability and improving patient safety.

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Risk Management Rounds
Anesthesiology, 2nd Edition

Ongoing analyses of malpractice cases suggest that the injuries most likely to result in suits are wrongful death, severe brain damage, and spinal-nerve damage— just the type of injuries most often associated with claims against anesthesiologists. 

Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:
1. Analyze a case scenario to determine whether it meets the criteria for malpractice.
2. Use specific communication skills that have been shown to mitigate the likelihood of getting sued.
3. Use defensible charting techniques.
4. Identify and avoid five areas of risk unique to anesthesiology.

Target Audience
This course is designed for anesthesiologists and others who administer anesthesia. 

This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.

This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information
Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc.designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated time to complete this course: 5 hours.

This course is valid from February 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.
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