Acute pain emerging as new area of liability

November 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Nov2007, Vol. 29 Issue 11, p127
Acute pain management is emerging as a new and growing liability risk. Risk managers may be more familiar with pain management as a liability risk related to end-of-life issues. • Cases related to acute pain management often involve overdoses, not inadequate pain relief. • Physicians might feel pressured to refer patients to specialists, but that referral does not release them from liability. • Acute pain management cases can be more complex than end-of-life cases.


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