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Unanimous Defense Verdict in Colorado Brain Damage Trial
Jury rejected plaintiff's allegations that bump on head caused brain damage.
PPM Conducts 300th Risk Management Seminar
Milestone marks continued commitment to patient safety and risk management.
PPM Director of Risk Management, Brian Thomas, JD, pens anesthesia textbook chapter.
A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Positive for Preferred Physicians Medical
For immediate release.
Anesthesia Alert - FDA Safety Announcement
FDA requires additional warning for injectable corticosteroids.
Ameridose Issues Voluntary Recall of Products
Company linked to NECC undergoing FDA inspection.
Anesthesia Alert - Update on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Additional patient notification advised.
Anesthesia Alert - Meningitis Outbreak Update
Outbreak spreads, specific guidance provided.
Meningitis Outbreak Alert
CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Health announces non-contagious, fungal form of meningitis outbreak.
ETCO2 Monitoring Standard Update, Coverage Extension and Recommendations
New ASA Standard for Basic Anesthesia Monitoring Effective July 1, 2011.
A.M. Best Upgrades PPM to A-
For immediate release.
ACOG Issues VBAC Practice Bulletin
Staffing recommendations remain in place.
Infusion Pump Recall
FDA orders Baxter to recall all Colleague infusion pumps.
APSF Launches New Fire Safety Video
Video promotes new initiatives to prevent fire in the operating room.
PPM Policyholder Alert – New CMS Reporting Requirements
New CMS reporting requirements effective January 1, 2010.
Propofol Recall Alert
Drug manufacturer issues recall of certain lots of Propofol and Liposyn.
Cognitive Problems After Surgery May Be Unrelated To Heart-Lung Bypass
New study appears to refute prior opinion as to etiology of known risk.
Clinicians advised to halt use of Propofol from tainted lots.
New York PPM Policyholder Alert
Deadline for accreditation of office-based surgery facilities nears.
Manipulation Under Anesthesia Increases Liability Exposure
PPM offers risk management advice.
Spike in Medication Errors Noted: Neosynephrine vs. Reglan
Similar vials leads to errors.
Malignant Hyperthermia Death Highlights Risks
Availability of dantrolene and anesthestic selection are key concerns.
ASA Issues Operating Room Fire Practice Advisory
ASA Advisory echoes PPM’s risk management advice.
BIS Monitor No More Effective Than Old Technology, Study Shows
Anesthesia awareness study casts doubt on effectiveness of BIS monitor.
Policyholders Encouraged to Utilize PPM in Physician Hiring
PPM’s underwriting process provides valuable resource.
PPM Implements New Telephone Features
Policyholders to benefit from increased flexibility.
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