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5 Steps to Avoid Malpractice Claims

Legal Issues

No nurse practitioner wants to face a medical malpractice action. According to the National Practitioner Databank, damages were paid by or on behalf of 290 nurse practitioners in medical malpractice cases in the year 2012 alone.

The best way to prevent a medical malpractice action is to be proactive. Here are five tips to avoid malpractice claims.

1. Good Communication

People want to feel they are heard. Taking the time to really listen to your patients is essential. But, on the other end of the spectrum, good communication is a two-way street. As the sender of information, it is your job to make sure that the information you provide is properly received. To avoid malpractice claims, it’s smart to provide information in writing and keep a record of what information is given.

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