Ep 135: Closed Claims Involving CRNAs and SRNAs

No matter how closely you follow standard of care, mistakes can be made in the operating room. CRNAs often get named in claims, even if they did everything right, so it’s important to be aware of how this happens. Marjorie Everson, PhD, CRNA, has been studying closed claims and there are plenty of findings that she hopes can help CRNAs and SRNAs in the future.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

CRNAs always do their best to keep patients safe in the operating room but mistakes do happen. No one wants to be involved in a malpractice claim so it’s important to be aware of safety concerns that can impact patients.

On this episode of the podcast, we’ve invited Marjorie Everson, PhD, CRNA, to share what’s she learned from looking through closed claims. Everson has been a CRNA for more than 25 years and an educator for more than 15 years so she brings a load of experience to the conversation, especially as it relates to closed claims. It’s something she’s spent a lot of time studying and there are a number of findings – both positive and negative – that she shares on today’s show.

This is a show that everyone should pay close attention to in order to protect yourself and your patients throughout your career.

As you get started on the episode, keep an ear out for these topics:

  • Why it’s important for all CRNAs to be prepared.
  • How she got involved in closed claims.
  • Some of the key findings she discovered from the closed claims.
  • Why do experienced CRNAs make mistakes?
  • Story about a time where she cancelled anesthesia because of the patient.
  • The unexpected findings
  • What violations were found in these claims?
  • Other safety concerns that CRNAs and SRNAs should be aware of.

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

3:12 – Introducing Marjorie

6:11 – Why is this so important for CRNAs?

7:39 – Defining closed claims

9:26 – Key Findings

12:31 – Why does it happen to experienced CRNAs?

19:03 – Any follow-ups?

24:25 – Story about turning patient away

28:19 – Unexpected findings

32:23 – Are students taught how to say no?

35:19 – Violations that were found

41:34 – Final thoughts from Marjorie

42:24 – Lightning Round

 


“When you have something terrible happen, you just feel awful. You feel isolated. And nobody thinks about you. You’re worried about being shamed by your colleagues.”

-Marjorie Everson, PhD, CRNA

SHARE THIS EPISODE

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

SUBSCRIBE

EXPLORE MORE

Podcast

Ep 226: The Need for More State Nurse Legislators

We talk all the time about the lack of nurse representation in policy-making positions, but that doesn’t make the data any less surprising. Today we’ll have a great discussion with Darlene Curley, EdD, RN, FAAN, about a study she recently completed on state nurse legislators. She’ll share some of the details with us in this episode and we’ll also have a wide-ranging discussion on how CRNAs and other nurses can continue increasing their involvement.  

LISTEN NOW »
Current Events

Ep 225: An Inside Look at Lobbying for Your State Association

During our visit to the NCANA meeting last fall, we had the opportunity to host a live podcast about lobbying for your state association and we had the pleasure of bringing NCANA lobbyists Patrick Ballantine and Tracy Kimbrell onto the panel with us. Both of them have been tremendous assets to our association because of their passion for lobbying. We explored that role to find out what skills it takes, how to utilize a lobbyist, and what you should expect from them.

LISTEN NOW »
Clinical

Ep 224: ASA 2022 Difficult Airway Algorithm Update

The American Society of Anesthetists initially released the Difficult Airway Algorithm in 1993 to provide a guide for managing a patient with a difficult airway. It has been updated every 10 years since with the fourth iteration being released in January 2022.
The latest update has a number of key changes that Jeremy and Sass will take you through in this episode of the podcast.

LISTEN NOW »

SUBSCRIBE

NEW EPISODES EVERY WEEK!

Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcherTuneIniHeartRadio

HAVE A QUESTION OR WANT TO BE GUEST?

RECENT REVIEWS

J. Cross CRNA
Read More
This podcast is very well put together. I love the hosts Sharon & Jeremy, they do a fantastic job at presenting topics as well as getting great speakers on the show! This is my morning commute podcast everyday! Thank you for all that you do!
Bill.Nye
Read More
I enjoy listening every morning. Great content and always a pleasure to learn something new.
biggestbaseballfanever
Read More
I started listening to this podcast religiously early on in my CRNA journey, a year before applying to CRNA school. The content in this podcast was one of my most helpful resources for getting into my first choice school, Wake Forest! It has also been a huge motivator for getting involved with the AANA now and throughout my career. I highly recommend this podcast to every prospective CRNA I meet.
Trvlgrl1
Read More
I appreciate hearing the latest and greatest in the world of Nurse Anesthesiology while also getting Class B credits. Just listen on your commute for a win/win experience. I love the perspectives from Jeremy and Sharon who both ask varied and insightful questions!
doubledownmoney
Read More
If you’re a CRNA or any medical professional, I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen. Hosts have a great rapport.
Previous
Next

READ MORE REVIEWS OR LEAVE YOUR OWN!