Case files

Medical case studies

These studies are summarised versions of actual cases from MDDUS files and are published in Insight Primary to highlight common pitfalls and encourage proactive risk management and best practice. Details have been changed to maintain confidentiality


CLAIM

Perforated appendix

...A letter of claim later alleges breach of duty in failing to consider a diagnosis of appendicitis, leading to a delay in referral for further assessment and treatment...

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ADVICE

HIV disclosure

..In a routine consultation a few weeks later Mr K informs the GP that he is now having regular sex with his wife but is using barrier protection...

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COMPLAINT

Bad news by phone

...Conscious that urgent action was needed to avoid a poorer outcome for the patient, Dr D felt she had no other option but to phone Mrs K and inform her of the results...

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