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    Liability in ob/gyn ultrasound

    Adhering to best practices for ultrasound can help reduce the chances of a lawsuit related to use of the technology.

     

    Conclusion

    Ultrasound is integral to the contemporary practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Virtually all ob/gyn practices have ready access to ultrasound to enhance their patient care. Establishing standard procedures and practices, in accord with AIUM and ACOG guidelines and recommendations, enhances quality and limits liability exposure. Unfortunately, the potential for a liability claim involving ultrasound is ever-present. Adhering to best practices improves the defensibility of such a claim.

     

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    James M. Shwayder, MD, JD
    Dr. Shwayder is Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.

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