The Risk Management Perspective of the Universal Detection of Hearing Loss in Newborns Discussion of the current status of newborn hearing screening and plans for the activities necessary to achieve the goal of universal early detection require consideration of the legal and risk management issues associated with newborn hearing screening. This topic may be examined from many perspectives, including those of both plaintiff ... Research Article
Research Article  |   November 01, 1997
The Risk Management Perspective of the Universal Detection of Hearing Loss in Newborns
 
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  • Judith A. Marlowe
    Natus Medical, Inc., 1230 Nottingham Street, Orlando, FL 32803
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Healthcare Settings / Practice Management / Research Articles
Research Article   |   November 01, 1997
The Risk Management Perspective of the Universal Detection of Hearing Loss in Newborns
American Journal of Audiology, November 1997, Vol. 6, 100-102. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0603.100
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1997, Vol. 6, 100-102. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0603.100
Discussion of the current status of newborn hearing screening and plans for the activities necessary to achieve the goal of universal early detection require consideration of the legal and risk management issues associated with newborn hearing screening. This topic may be examined from many perspectives, including those of both plaintiff and defendant attorneys, physicians, audiologists, and parents of children who are born deaf or hard of hearing.
Risk management was born of the litigious decade of the 1970s when legal malpractice actions flourished. To some, the term represents a reactive approach (Marlowe, 1996). Today, it is more common to refer to quality management or continuing quality assurance as a more positive, proactive approach to the same objective—namely, assuring that the performance of programs and services effectively meets the requirements of the “customer.”
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