Membership Requirements of the MSHRM

Founding partner of Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC, Cullen McKinney is an experienced attorney who focuses on legal issues involving medical malpractice. Dedicated to staying up-to-date on changes within the field, Cullen McKinney belongs to several professional organizations, including the Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management (MSHRM).

Committed to increasing awareness and risk reduction within the healthcare field, MSHRM provides high-quality educational programs and monitors various events that influence the industry. The society maintains a list of members and institutions so other members can easily find individuals to consult and network with.

Membership to MSHRM is open to hospital or healthcare provider employees who participate in risk management and safety functions at their organization. This includes safety officers, patient representatives, and quality improvement professionals, along with insurance brokers or other companies that benefit the interests of healthcare providers. Attorneys who represent healthcare providers may also join the society if they are referred by an active member. The annual membership dues for active members are $250.

The society also offers associate/student memberships for individuals who are interested in furthering MSHRM goals, or studying in a related field. Students interested in joining must fax a copy of either their membership card showing their status as a full-time student, or a copy of a recent transcript, along with a completed application. Associate/student member dues are $125 a year.


Preventing Medication Errors in the Hospital

A Michigan-based litigation attorney, Cullen McKinney is a founding partner of Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC. A 2008 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Cullen McKinney represents medical professionals and hospitals in the defense of medical malpractice and has written several presentations on related subjects, including issues involving medication errors.

Medication errors can be caused by several things, from unclear dosages to patient mix-ups; regardless of what caused the error, preventing mistakes is an important part of keeping patients safe and healthy. There are several ways to prevent medication errors in hospitals, several of which occur when writing prescriptions. When indicating a medication or drug for a particular patient, writing clear instructions about dosage, frequency, and route of administration is an important part of minimizing medication error. Further, check each individual’s medication history and ask what, if any, drugs they are currently taking to ensure something is not prescribed that may cause an adverse reaction.

Using computerized software also decreases medication errors by taking out many of the common human errors. Such systems as a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) or Computerized Decision Support System (CDSS) allow for the ordering of tests, medications, and procedures through the computer, thus removing the possibility of error caused by poor handwriting. The systems also check new orders as they are made and automatically scan for negative drug interactions and appropriate doses. Implementing pharmacist-assisted rounds provides physicians with further support during the process of prescribing medication, giving them another expert source on effective medicines and doses.