Over the past couple of weeks, we have had the pleasure of talking with representatives of various malpractice insurance companies. To those individuals (you know who you are..) I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time, interest and response to our introduction of the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray.
At this point, readers may be wondering which companies we have had discussions with. Unfortunately, I am unable to disclose that information without their written permission. We here at Safety-Spec understand that the insurance companies are not able to provide specific endorsements of products, as it presents as a conflict of interest, and we respect that position, and abide by those limitation. In all cases we have not received permission to disclose the names of the insurers.
However, I would like to share a brief summary of the responses to the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray by those representatives. In most cases there was a general unawareness of the potential for serious labeling error at the point in the gross room between accessioning and the actual gross handling/dissection. When presented with an example of how most laboratories currently perform this function, and the organizational benefits of the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray, it was an “ah-ha” moment for many. It was clear that organizational benefits of the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray provide a significant benefit in potential reduced labeling errors, resulting in potential reduction in potential malpractice events. The ROI (return on investment) of the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray in helping reduce huge malpractice claim payments was clearly recognized by all of the representatives.
In summary, the use of the Safety-Spec Gross Room Tray was “privately” endorsed by various malpractice insurance representatives for patient safety improvement. Hopefully in the future we may be able to reveal the identity of the various insurers. Until then, we have to keep this confidential.