Is COVID-19 Vaccination Safe For Patients With Dravet Syndrome?; And Captain-Of-The-Ship Doctrine

Physician's Weekly Podcast

Jul 27 2022 • 25 mins

Welcome to this episode of Physician’s Weekly podcast. I am your host, Dr. Rachel Giles, from Medicom Medical Publishers, in collaboration with Physician’s Weekly.

Today’s episode features 2 interviews. In our second interview, Physician’s Weekly interviews our regular contributor, Dr. MedLaw, a certified radiologist and medicine malpractice lawyer. She talks about the “Captain-of-the-Ship Doctrine”, which is a principle that holds a surgeon liable for the actions of assistants who are under the surgeon's control but who are employees of the hospital, not the surgeon. The surgeon as "the captain of the ship," is directly responsible for an alleged error or act of alleged negligence because they control and direct the actions of those in assistance. But she gives some fascinating examples to explain this principle.

But first, Physician’s Weekly’s Julia Ernst interviews Dr. Danielle Andrade (Professor of Neurology, University of Toronto, Canada).  Vaccination is a common seizure trigger in individuals with Dravet syndrome, which is a severe form of epilepsy characterized by frequent, prolonged seizures often triggered by hyperthermia, and often coupled with developmental delay, speech impairment, ataxia, hypotonia, sleep disturbances, and other health problems. Information surrounding COVID-19 vaccine side effects in patients with Dravet Syndrome would aid caregivers and providers in deciding on and managing COVID-19 vaccination. To that end, Dr. Andrade lead a recently published survey through the Dravet Syndrome Foundation's Family Network to find out whether patients or caregivers with Dravet Syndrome had significant problems if they had received a COVID-19 vaccination. Stay tuned to find out…

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Additional reading

Hood V, Berg AT, Knupp KG, Koh S, Laux L, Meskis MA, Zulfiqar-Ali Q, Perry MS, Scheffer IE, Sullivan J, Wirrell E, Andrade DM. COVID-19 vaccine in patients with Dravet syndrome: Observations and real-world experiences. Epilepsia. 2022 Jul;63(7):1778-1786. doi: 10.1111/epi.17250. Epub 2022 Apr 20. PMID: 35383912; PMCID: PMC9111612.

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