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Dealing with Complications: Advice From a Mentor

with Dr. David Ball

Dr. Aaron Fritts talks with mentor Dr. David Ball about dealing with complications throughout our professional career, including why physicians have trouble with it, and advice for what not to do when they happen.

Dealing with Complications: Advice From a Mentor with Dr. David Ball on the BackTable VI Podcast)
Ep 176 Dealing with Complications: Advice From a Mentor with Dr. David Ball
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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, January 3). Ep. 176 – Dealing with Complications: Advice From a Mentor [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Podcast Contributors

Dr. David Ball discusses Dealing with Complications: Advice From a Mentor on the BackTable 176 Podcast

Dr. David Ball

Dr. David Ball is a practicing Interventional Radiologist in Abington, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Aaron Fritts discusses Dealing with Complications: Advice From a Mentor on the BackTable 176 Podcast

Dr. Aaron Fritts

Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.

Show Notes

In this episode, interventional radiologist Dr. David Ball and our host Dr. Aaron Fritts discuss the inevitability of unforeseen procedural complications, strategies to navigate patient and family communication, and lessons to take away from these experiences.

To start, Dr. Ball recognizes the difficulty involved with addressing complications that cause patient injury, damage to physician reputation, and financial consequences. He emphasizes that it is therapeutic to speak about these outcomes with trainees and colleagues for learning purposes.

Dr. Ball shares complications stories from his career and describes key takeaways from each. He describes the benefits of forming good relationships with patients and families prior to starting the case, performing a thorough check of all risk factors before the first puncture, and taking responsibility for complications that arise during the case. Finally, he discusses the balance between taking accountability for complications and being vulnerable to malpractice lawsuits.

Resources

BackTable Episode 154, Complications Survey Results (Podcast):
https://www.backtable.com/shows/vi/podcasts/154/discussing-the-complications-survey-results

BackTable Episode 154 (Video):
https://youtu.be/MuRISnu4gKU

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