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Pet Surgery Martinsville IN

The representatives agreed to speak candidly with me to help Veterinary Practice News readers avoid 20 of the most common liability claims over surgical complications.

Animal Hospital-Martinsville
(765) 349-7387
392 S Main St
Martinsville, IN

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Cox, Mary Alice, Dvm - Bloomington Veterinary Hosp
(812) 339-6115
115 N Smith Rd
Bloomington, IN

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College Mall Veterinary Hospital
(812) 334-1400
4517 E Morningside Dr
Bloomington, IN

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College Mall Veterinary Hosp
(812) 334-1400
4517 E Morningside Dr
Bloomington, IN

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Good Shepherd Veterinary Services
(317) 422-8448
250 S State Road 135
Bargersville, IN

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Country Critters Veterinary
(317) 996-2727
125 S Chestnut St
Monrovia, IN

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Foley, Sarah, Dvm - College Mall Veterinary Hosp
(812) 334-1400
4517 E Morningside Dr
Bloomington, IN

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Neuter Scooter
(812) 332-7525
3789 E Bethel Ln
Bloomington, IN

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Williamson Emily Dvm
(317) 422-5255
751 N Road 700 W
Bargersville, IN

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Towne & Country Vet Clinic
(812) 332-1429
3140 N Smith Pike
Bloomington, IN

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20 Ways to Avoid Trouble with Surgery

Editor’s Note: Dr. Zeltzman scored a coup in getting the trust representatives of the AVMA PLIT to participate in a conference call for publication. The first part of his report—“ 10 Ways to Avoid Anesthesia Trouble ”—was published in the July issue.

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Every day, the trust representatives of AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust receive liability insurance claims related to surgery.

The representatives agreed to speak candidly with me to help Veterinary Practice News readers avoid 20 of the most common liability claims over surgical complications.

  1. #5 Not this paw

    During the consultation, the diagnosis should not be the only part of the discussion. It is important to discuss the possible complications so the owner’s expectations are compatible with what you can provide.

  2. Every surgical candidate should have a thorough physical exam. This means not focusing on the tip of the iceberg, such as skin mass, but looking at the rest of the patient. For example, a patient facing ACL repair may not do as well because he also has hip dysplasia.

  3. Honestly discuss the prognosis. Even a 99 percent success rate means a 1 percent risk of failure.
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  4. Problems, including disastrous mistakes, can occur because of misidentification of a patient. How often do you have two black Labradors in your hospital on the same day? We have all heard of horror stories where the wrong patient was euthanized because nobody took the time...

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