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Panel Discussion—New England Surgical Society
April 2003

When Medical Error Becomes Medical Malpractice: The Victims and the Circumstances

Author Affiliations

From Providence, RI (Dr Tracy); New York, NY (Dr Crawford); Wesley Chapel, Fla (Dr Krizek); Hartford, Conn (Dr Kern).

 

From Providence, RI (Dr Tracy); New York, NY (Dr Crawford); Wesley Chapel, Fla (Dr Krizek); Hartford, Conn (Dr Kern).

Arch Surg. 2003;138(4):447-454. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.4.447

Dr Tracy: Timing is everything. The New England Surgical Society has a unique opportunity to be one of the first surgical societies to investigate part of the maelstrom that has developed during the past 3 to 4 years of our focus on medical error. In this forum, we will discuss the ways that the problem of medical error and the specter of malpractice have collided. We will also try to review some of the consequences that result from that collision and the heightened tensions between the victims of error that include patients, other health care professionals, and us as surgeons. Every day, there is some new revelation of exposed errors that parallels increased damages and malpractice premiums.

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