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The concept of risk in primary care is one which has previously been misunderstood by practitioners. Risk has only been defined in relation to clinical malpractice; until recently the inherent risks involved in running a practice have not been considered. Most risks can be assessed and managed, even if they are not preventable, and Risk Management: health and safety in primary care offers guidance on best practice procedures. Effective management of risk results in decreased cost of risk to both practitioner and patient. This book is written by a practising primary care practitioner. It encompasses all the current laws and recommendations concerning health and safety at work, including discussion of controlling substances hazardous to health (COSHH) as well as looking at appropriate training of staff employed in primary care. Where appropriate, each section includes a detailed policy on the management of the risks under discussion, which can be adapted for use in individual practices. Risk Management: health and safety in primary care should be an essential purchase for all medical and allied health practitioners, as well as practitioners of complementary therapies. Every practice involved with primary care should have a copy of this book on the shelf.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: James J. Foody, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a 111-page softcover monograph on the issue of risk management authored by a general practitioner physician in Great Britain.
Purpose: The author states that there are avoidable risks in the office practice setting which can be assessed and managed, thus reducing the chance of litigation.
Audience: Since the author is a physician, the implication is that physicians will find this a useful resource. In fact, office managers may be the true audience for this book. The author's credibility is based on him being a practitioner.
Features: There are no illustrations, although there are several examples of forms and checklists. The table of contents is straightforward and useful. The index needs improvement. For example, if the reader wishes to have information about needle stick hazards, one finds no index for "needles." One would need to realize that "phlebotomy" is the heading for a mention about needles. References are in a separate appendix and refer to British government documents, apparently the equivalent of OSHA regulations.
Assessment: This is a little handbook describing ways of managing avoidable risks in the office-based practice setting. Examples of such risks are inadvertent needle sticks, handling hazardous chemicals, threats to or by patients, fire hazards, and the like. As such, it may prove helpful to a practice manager, but it is unlikely that many physicians would find it directly useful. A sobering observation on the conditions our British colleagues face is the presence of a section on how to deal with suspected bombs and with terrorist threats. There are many risks faced in the practice of medicine in addition to the specter of malpractice litigation.
James J. Foody
This is a 111-page softcover monograph on the issue of risk management authored by a general practitioner physician in Great Britain. The author states that there are avoidable risks in the office practice setting which can be assessed and managed, thus reducing the chance of litigation. Since the author is a physician, the implication is that physicians will find this a useful resource. In fact, office managers may be the true audience for this book. The author's credibility is based on him being a practitioner. There are no illustrations, although there are several examples of forms and checklists. The table of contents is straightforward and useful. The index needs improvement. For example, if the reader wishes to have information about needle stick hazards, one finds no index for ""needles."" One would need to realize that ""phlebotomy"" is the heading for a mention about needles. References are in a separate appendix and refer to British government documents, apparently the equivalent of OSHA regulations. This is a little handbook describing ways of managing avoidable risks in the office-based practice setting. Examples of such risks are inadvertent needle sticks, handling hazardous chemicals, threats to or by patients, fire hazards, and the like. As such, it may prove helpful to a practice manager, but it is unlikely that many physicians would find it directly useful. A sobering observation on the conditions our British colleagues face is the presence of a section on how to deal with suspected bombs and with terrorist threats. There are many risks faced in the practice of medicine in addition to the specter of malpractice litigation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750630641
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 111

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Health and safety law 3
2 Sterilisation techniques 13
3 Control of infection 18
4 Drugs/diagnostic agents 27
5 Basic life support 30
6 Prevention of injury 35
7 The work environment 39
8 Fire precautions 48
9 Manual handling procedures 51
10 Personal risk assessment: general principles 54
11 Waste disposal procedure 66
12 Cleaning the premises 79
Conclusion 81
Appendix A: NHS Safety Notices 82
Appendix B: Personal health and safety records 89
Appendix C: A checklist for health and safety 90
Appendix D: Employee and Practitioner Health Record Form 92
Appendix E: Further reading and references 94
Appendix F: The law regarding offences against the person, public order and advice on procedures to be followed after an attack by a patient or relative 96
Appendix G: Sources of documentation and help 98
Appendix H: NHS Injury Benefits Scheme 99
Appendix I: DSS Industrial Injuries Benefits Scheme 100
Appendix J: Health and Safety Executive Offices 101
Appendix K: National Poisons Information Services 104
Appendix L: Checklist for receipt of telephone bomb threat 105
Index 107
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