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Amnioinfusion Does Not Prevent Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Committee Opinion Number 346, October 2006

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Amnioinfusion has been advocated as a technique to reduce the incidence of meconium aspiration and to improve neonatal outcome However a large proportion of women with meconiumstained amniotic fluid have infants who have taken in meconium within the trachea or bronchioles before meconium ...

October 2006

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Coping With the Stress of Medical Professional Liability Litigation

Committee Opinion Number 551, January 2013

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 497, August 2011, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Obstetriciangynecologists should recognize that being a defendant in a medical professional liability lawsuit can be one of lifes most stressful experiences Negative emotions in response to a lawsuit are normal and physicians may need help from family members peers or professionals to cop...

January 2013

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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Committee Opinion Number 520, March 2012

(Replaces No. 380, October 2007, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Disclosure and discussion of adverse events in health care with the patient are morally and ethically necessary to achieve the optimal goal of respecting patient autonomy Improving the disclosure process through education policies programmatic training and accessible resources will enhanc...

March 2012

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Expert Testimony

Committee Opinion Number 374, August 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT It is the duty of obstetricians and gynecologists who testify as expert witnesses on behalf of defendants the government or plaintiffs to do so solely in accordance with their judgment on the merits of the case Obstetriciangynecologists must limit testimony to their sphere of medical expe...

August 2007

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Institutional Responsibility to Provide Legal Representation

Committee Opinion Number 370, July 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Hospitals academic institutions professional corporations and other health care organizations should have policies and procedures by which alleged violations of professional behavior can be reported and investigated These institutions should adopt policies on legal representation and inde...

July 2007

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Predispute, Voluntary, Binding Arbitration

Committee Opinion Number 583, January 2014

ABSTRACT Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that is an alternative to taking a case to court Weighing the potential advantages and disadvantages predispute arbitration may represent a valid alternative dispute resolution strategy for physicians and patients When correctly prepared contrac...

January 2014

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7.

Professional Liability and Gynecology-Only Practice

Committee Opinion Number 567, July 2013

(Replaces No. 408, June 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and accordingly may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early ...

July 2013

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8.

Re-entering the Practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 523, May 2012

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Reentering the practice of obstetrics and gynecology after a period of inactivity can pose a number of obstacles for a physician Preparing for the leave of absence may help reduce the difficulties physicians may face upon reentering practice Introduction Physicians decide to modify or lea...

May 2012

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Sexual Misconduct

Committee Opinion Number 373, August 2007

ABSTRACT The physicianpatient relationship is damaged when there is either confusion regarding professional roles and behavior or clear lack of integrity that allows sexual exploitation and harm Sexual contact or a romantic relationship between a physician and a current patient is always unethical...

August 2007

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Substance Abuse Reporting and Pregnancy: The Role of the Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Committee Opinion Number 473, January 2011

(Reaffirmed 2014)

Abstract Drug enforcement policies that deter women from seeking prenatal care are contrary to the welfare of the mother and fetus Incarceration and the threat of incarceration have proved to be ineffective in reducing the incidence of alcohol or drug abuse Obstetriciangynecologists should be awar...

January 2011

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