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LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF RETROLENTAL FIBROPLASIA

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF RETROLENTAL FIBROPLASIA Abstract To the Editor. —A consequence of the more liberal use of oxygen for premature infants in recent years has been an increase in the number of cases of retrolental fibroplasia (RLF). A further consequence has been a proliferation of malpractice litigation against physicians and hospitals. Awards in these cases frequently reach multiples of six figures.To be sure, in a percentage of these cases there are possible grounds for malpractice. However, physicians testifying for the plaintiff agree that a significant number of decisions in favor of the patient are made more on the basis of emotion than on fact. A visually handicapped infant is persuasive evidence when presented to a jury.Generally, the plaintiff's case is predicated on the sine qua non that exposure of the premature retina to excessive concentrations of oxygen is the cause of RLF. While most physicians agree that oxygen has a major role in the References 1. Patz A: The role of oxygen in retrolental fibroplasia . Trans Amer Ophthal Soc 66:940-985, 1968. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF RETROLENTAL FIBROPLASIA

Archives of Ophthalmology , Volume 88 (1) – Jul 1, 1972

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF RETROLENTAL FIBROPLASIA

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —A consequence of the more liberal use of oxygen for premature infants in recent years has been an increase in the number of cases of retrolental fibroplasia (RLF). A further consequence has been a proliferation of malpractice litigation against physicians and hospitals. Awards in these cases frequently reach multiples of six figures.To be sure, in a percentage of these cases there are possible grounds for malpractice. However, physicians testifying for the...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1972 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030088021
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —A consequence of the more liberal use of oxygen for premature infants in recent years has been an increase in the number of cases of retrolental fibroplasia (RLF). A further consequence has been a proliferation of malpractice litigation against physicians and hospitals. Awards in these cases frequently reach multiples of six figures.To be sure, in a percentage of these cases there are possible grounds for malpractice. However, physicians testifying for the plaintiff agree that a significant number of decisions in favor of the patient are made more on the basis of emotion than on fact. A visually handicapped infant is persuasive evidence when presented to a jury.Generally, the plaintiff's case is predicated on the sine qua non that exposure of the premature retina to excessive concentrations of oxygen is the cause of RLF. While most physicians agree that oxygen has a major role in the References 1. Patz A: The role of oxygen in retrolental fibroplasia . Trans Amer Ophthal Soc 66:940-985, 1968.

Journal

Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1972

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