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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.
Chapter focused on professional liability insurance.

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.

Cardiac Arrest Following Colonoscopy: New Jersey Unanimous Defense Verdict
Interpretation of EKG strip central issue at trial.

Unanimous Defense Verdict in Colorado Hepatitis C Trial
Jury found hospital worker's criminal actions caused patient's infection.

Coverage Alert
ETCO2 Monitoring Standard Update, Coverage Extension and Recommendations

Coverage Alert
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.

Propofol Alert
Clinicians advised to halt use of Propofol from tainted lots.

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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