Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine

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For Junior Doctors, Core Medical Trainees, and all those involved in hospital governance, this book offers the ultimate real-life guide to help tackle the professional and emotional challenges of life as a doctor in internal medicine. Unlike other clinical management titles, this book identifies and explains the most common and important medical errors. If things do go wrong, the medico-legal author team provides advice on how best to deal with a complaint and all that may follow. Using a memorable and engaging ...
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Overview

For Junior Doctors, Core Medical Trainees, and all those involved in hospital governance, this book offers the ultimate real-life guide to help tackle the professional and emotional challenges of life as a doctor in internal medicine. Unlike other clinical management titles, this book identifies and explains the most common and important medical errors. If things do go wrong, the medico-legal author team provides advice on how best to deal with a complaint and all that may follow. Using a memorable and engaging case-based structure, this volume is valuable as a reference from the foundation years and beyond.
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“My experience as an expert witness in clinical negligence cases, MPTS Panel chairman, medical adviser to a Public Inquiry and as a sometimes commissioned independent reporter on adverse incidents tells me that these are excellent books, valuable for all clinicians, not just those in high-risk specialties; and all NHS managers involved in maintaining or improving the quality of care. The case vignettes, alone, are useful source material for teaching medical trainees on what can go wrong and how to deal with it when it does.” (Harvey Marcovitch, Clinical Risk journal)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470674383
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/18/2013
  • Series: AVE - Avoiding Errors Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,437,943
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part 1

Errors and their causes

A few words about error

Learning from system failures-the vincristine example

Evidence from the NHSLA Database

The patient consultation

Failure to identify a sick patient

Inability to competently perform practical procedures

Failure to check test results or act on abnormal findings

Prescribing errors

Sources of error in the case of vulnerable adults

References and further reading

Medico-legal aspects

Error in a legal context

Negligence

Clinical negligence

Issues around consent

An attorney refusing treatment

A patient without capacity refusing treatment Emergency treatment

Deprivation of liberty safeguards

Part 2 Clinical cases

Introduction

Civil liability, Negligence and Compensation

Case 1 A Shaky Excuse

Case 2 Making Matters Worse

Case 3 Chase the Bloods

Case 4 Falling Asleep En-Route

Case 5 Bad Luck or Bad Judgment

Case 6 An Opportunity Missed

Case 7 Better Late than Never

Case 8 Man Down

Case 9 Cry Wolf

Case 10 Not a Leg to Stand On

Unexpected death – the Coronial System and Clinical Risk Management

Case 11 Doubly Bad Outcome

Case 12 Difficulty with Diarrhoea

Case 13 A Flu-like Illness

Case 14 Falling Standards

An Approach to Complaints

Case 15 A Woman with Chest Pain

Case 16 Clumsiness

Competence

Case 17 A Change in Plan

Case 18 Starving to Death

Case 19 An Irregular Presentation

Case 20 Irrational but not Incompetent

Restraint

Case 21 A Challenging Discharge

Case 22 Ruling Out the Organic

Case 23 Endless Wandering

Case 24 Can you Please Take these Handcuffs Off?

Case 25 Own Worst Enemy

Miscellaneous

Case 26 All Eggs in One Basket

Case 27 A Major Mix-up

Case 28 Under the Radar

Case 29 A Cantankerous Recluse

Case 30 Keep an Open Mind

Case 31 Healthcare Acquired Infection?

Case 32 Backing the Wrong Horse

Case 33 A Surprising Turn of Events

Case 34 Funny Turn

Part 3 Investigating and dealing with errors Introduction

How hospitals try to prevent errors and their recurrence

The role of hospital staff

The role of external agencies

Hospital investigations

Legal advice – where to get it and who pays

External investigation of errors and incidents

The role of the doctor

Presenting oral evidence

Emotional repercussions

Conclusion

Further reading

Index

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