Maria Elena Albarrán-Juan

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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery is one of the specialities with most complaints due to its scope and complexity. The aim of this study is to determine the characteristics of the complaints made against medical specialists in Traumatology, taking into account those variables that might have an influence both on the presenting(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the consequences of a judicial claim on the private life and professional practice of affected doctors. MATERIAL AND METHODS A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed on the basis of 169 surveys filled out by physicians subjected to a lawsuit in Spain in the period including 2002-2005. RESULTS The claim produced a bad or(More)
OBJECTIVES With the aim of identifying the factors related to sentences against neurosurgeons, we have analyzed all the sentences issued in the second court of justice in Spain against neurosurgeons in the period from 1995 to 2007. MATERIAL AND METHODS Of a total of 1899 sentences of the second or last appeal, during the period from 1995 to 2007 issued in(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse the sentences due to loss of chance that were passed by the Contentious-Administrative Court (i.e., in public medicine), in which both the origin of the disease to be treated and the damages were neurological. METHODS We analysed the 90 sentences concerning neurological conditions that referred to the concept of loss of chance that(More)
OBJECTIVE The loss of chance in healthcare has been forcibly introduced in the adjudications pronounced in recent years. Our objective was to analyse the verdicts of guilt resulting from the loss of chance ordered by the Contentious-Administrative Court (i.e., in the public healthcare system), in which both the origin of the disease to be treated and the(More)
Sentences against psychiatrists dictated in appellate or higher courts of Spain in the period from 1992 to 2007 were analyzed. Decisions were gathered for 13 of the 17 autonomous communities and statistical analysis yielded the following results: in more than 50% of cases, the decision was unfavorable for the psychiatrist, but the damages never exceeded €(More)
Introduction and objectives: The increase in the prosecution of health issues in Spain has increased the interest in legal claims against physicians. Our objective is to analyze the judgments issued in relation to cardiology practice in Spain in recent years. Methods: We analyzed the 1899 sanitary judicial sentences issued in Spain in the second instance or(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The increase in the prosecution of health issues in Spain has increased the interest in legal claims against physicians. Our objective is to analyze the judgments issued in relation to cardiology practice in Spain in recent years. METHODS We analyzed the 1899 sanitary judicial sentences issued in Spain in the second instance or(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to use the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) tool to analyze the technique of secretion suctioning on patients with an endotracheal tube who were admitted into an intensive care unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS Brainstorming was carried out within the service to determine the potential errors most frequent in the(More)
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