News: Check back often for PPM news stories, trial reports and risk management bulletins.
Maine Jury Returns Defense Verdict for PPM Policyholder
PPM Secures 43rd consecutive defense verdict in upper extremity nerve injury case.
Virginia Wrongful Death Trial Dismissed
Plaintiff fails to prove causation against PPM insured anesthesiologist.
Nerve Damage Trial: New York Unanimous Defense Verdict
Informed consent is central issue at trial.
Missouri Jury Reaches Unanimous Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Trial
Prolific plaintiff's expert opinion refuted by his own prior testimony.
Unanimous Defense Verdict in IV Infiltration Trial
Iowa jury finds PPM insured met standard of care.
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.
New Members Elected to PPM Board of Directors
Dr. Steven Hattamer and Mr. Philip Irwin elected to PPM's Board of Directors.
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.
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.
PPM Reminds Policyholders of Important Service
PPM provides certificates of insurance.
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