Jane Shufro

Jane Shufro is the owner of Legal Nurse Collaborative consulting with attorneys, insurance firms, and other legal nurses on both plaintiff and defense medical-related legal cases. She specializes in cases requiring surgical anesthesia, sedation and monitoring, pain management and rapid response or code events.

EHR Audit Trails and Litigation: Are they Useful?

  As we all know, hospitals and medical practices around the country have replaced paper medical charts with electronic health records (EHR), which have changed how traditional paper records were kept and managed.  This relatively “new” technology began in the 1960s and 1970s mostly in government military hospitals.  Due to the high costs and privacy …

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Complications of Nerve Blocks

Complications of an Interscalene Nerve Block for the Shoulder Last Updated:| By Rae Uddin Interscalene nerve block before shoulder surgery can cause complications. An interscalene nerve block is a form of local anesthetic used prior to shoulder surgery. This anesthetic is applied to specific nerves within the shoulder by an anesthesiologist using a thin needle. …

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Is Your Day Surgery Patient Ready for Discharge?

To reflect current technology and anesthesia practice, the American Society of Anesthesiologists have standards of care that require that a physician accept responsibility for discharge of patients from the unit. This is the case even when the decision to discharge the patient is made by the bedside nurse in accordance with the hospital-sanctioned discharge criteria …

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The Importance of Medication Reconciliation

Hughes RG, editor. Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidenced- based Handbook for Nurses. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Preventing Medication Errors report, the average hospitalized patient is subject to at least one medication error per day. This confirms previous research findings that medication errors represent the most common patient safety error. Thus, the topic …

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