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The good news is...

...With the subsequent delay in confirming the diagnosis, the patient's pregnancy advances to such a stage that termination can no longer be carried out locally and she must travel to London for the procedure...

  • 01 December 2007
  • Case study

An unwelcome embellishment

...It turned out that Mr K was not an enthusiastic typist and, in situations like this, would supplement the computerised records with handwritten notes...

  • 01 November 2007
  • Case study

Too much of a good thing

Medical case study

  • 15 October 2007
  • Case study

When the truth hurts

...Upon making his request he [the patient] also asked the GP to withhold details of his alcohol abuse, stating: "doctors are entitled to withhold any information which might be harmful to the patient"...

  • 01 September 2007
  • Case study

Don't blame the receptionist - Medical case study

Medical case study

  • 15 August 2007
  • Case study

Don't blame the receptionist

...She recorded that there was radiation to both arms from the chest pain, and that she had referred the call directly to the locum... Dr P denied this - however the call sheet showed that the receptionist's version was correct...

  • 01 August 2007
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Best of a bad job - Dental case study

Dental case study

  • 01 July 2007
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Tummy tuck complication

...Conservative treatment failed and another operation was required to remove the necrotic tissue and apply a skin graft...

  • 01 June 2007
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Rectal bleeding

Medical case study

  • 15 May 2007
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Warfarin dosing error - medical case study

Even the best systems require constant checking and reviewing, especially with INR and warfarin, to ensure that they 'fail safe' and not 'unsafe'...

  • 01 April 2007
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