In this blog post you will learn the components and information about the patient injury severity scale for physicians.
As shown in the graph below, hospitalist care related claims resulted in more number of HIGH severity claims as compared to HIGH severity claims from all other physicians. This is directly associated with the number of high acuity level patients that hospitalists care for.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Injury Severity Scale
|Temporary Insignificant||Lacerations, contusions, minor scars, rash, no delay in recovery|
|Temporary Minor||Infections, fractures, missed fractures, recovery delayed|
|Temporary Major||Burns, surgical material left in patient, drug side effect, recovery delayed|
|Permanent Minor||Loss of fingers, loss or damage to organs, non disabling injuries|
|Permanent Significant||Deafness, loss of limb, loss of eye, loss of one kidney or lung|
|Permanent Major||Paraplegia, blindness, loss of two limbs, brain damage|
|Permanent Grave||Quadriplegia, severe brain damage, lifelong care or fatal prognosis|
Now we just discussed the components of the patient injury severity scale. Although most of the content presented in this blog post seems pretty basic, the goal of this blog post is to highlight the importance of topics that often fall through the cracks, and eventually get physicians and patients in trouble. I hope that you picked up at least a few key points from this article, to include them in your practice. Practice thoroughly, keep your patient safe, and you stay safe!
Please also read the rest of the blog articles in the same series: the 10 Best Risk Mitigation Strategies for Physicians to Avoid Having a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Top 6 Circumstances Contributing to Patient Injury, Medical Malpractice Lawsuit – 6 Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims, along with the Patient Injury Severity Scale.
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