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Viewpoint: Looking after our own
MDDUS chief medical officer Dr John Holden observes that doctors have unique characteristics that make them vulnerable to the stresses that arise in dealing with the profound needs of others, and the profession must strive more to “look after our own”
Finding PPE that's fit for all
PROTECTIVE gowns, masks and visors have become synonymous with the Covid-19 pandemic, but as many healthcare providers discovered – PPE is not usually created with everyone in mind.
Innovation: Getting at healthcare data "locked" in NHS records
Jim Killgore explores the potential benefits of a new AI system designed to “read” electronic health records
Reducing risk in clinical handover
IT’S a vital part of good team work and safe patient care – but just how good is your handover? Dr Naeem Nazem and Dr Greg Dollman offer practical advice.
Risk: What's up with WhatsApp?
MESSAGING apps might seem an obvious choice for communicating with patients, but it is essential that professional standards are not diluted simply because we are behind a keyboard or phone
Improving self awareness to reduce risk
Reflective practice is common – but do your insights go deep enough to ensure real change? Senior risk adviser Liz Price offers practical advice
A difficult decision - the case of Anthony Bland
Allan Gaw recounts the tragic story of Hillsborough victim Tony Bland and the far-reaching implications of the legal ruling in his case
Medical case study: A statement of fact
...Dr C asks MDDUS how to go about writing a statement for a significant clinical incident investigation...
Medical case study: Misleading melanoma
...Dr L realises she wrongly identified the atypical cells and that the patient has regressed melanoma...
Medical case study: Wound care accusation
...The patient accuses the surgeon of failing to properly clean and dress his wife's wound, leading to fatal sepsis...
Ethics: "Please not another toolkit": on meeting ethical distress
Professor Deborah Bowman shares insights from her research on the ethical experiences of practitioners during the pandemic.
Book choice: The Sleeping Beauties - And Other Stories of Mystery Illness
Book review by Dr Greg Dollman
Vignette: Pat O'Callaghan (1906-1991)
Physician and double Olympic gold medallist
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Insight Secondary is published quarterly and distributed to MDDUS members through the UK who work in secondary care