The first imported case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. underscores the need for practices to actively address risks associated with infectious diseases.
More cases of infectious diseases are being reported today in the U.S. than in previous years. During the first half of 2014, more than 288 cases of measles were reported, the highest number for any one year since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000, according to the CDC. Most recently, the first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States.
Infectious diseases pose great risks to patients (both for those affected and for those who come in contact with those who have been affected). They also raise new malpractice risks for medical practices.
In this video, Robin Diamond, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer for physician insurer The Doctors Company, discusses these risks, as well as six steps medical practices should take to mitigate them.