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Antibiotics – damned if you do…

CERTAIN things are sadly inevitable as winter approaches, including the upsurge in demand for antibiotics. How do you balance that with the risks of overprescribing?

  • 27 November 2017
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Altering patient notes

CLINICAL notes are an important record of the encounters between medical or dental staff and their patients. Altering them in a less than honest or straightforward way can result in serious consequences.

  • 27 October 2017
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Confusion over administering flu jabs

FLU season will soon be upon us and questions regarding healthcare assistants (HCAs) administering flu vaccinations are already being raised on a regular basis with the MDDUS advisory service. Practice adviser Helen Ormiston addresses confusion over the necessary requirements.

  • 29 September 2017
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Prying into patient data

A SPATE of recent cases prompts a reminder of the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a legitimate reason.

  • 29 August 2017
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Addressing unsafe rotas

PATIENT safety can be affected by your presence as well as your absence. Liz Price offers advice on raising concerns over potentially unsafe rotas.

  • 28 July 2017
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Keeping safeguarding records safe

SAFEGUARDING potentially vulnerable children can pose particular challenges to doctors and dentists - and the processing and storage of records and case conference reports is a frequent issue.

  • 03 July 2017
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Gift or abuse of trust?

IT'S a common dilemma for many clinicians – when are "tokens of gratitude" more than just that and is it ever really okay to accept a gift from a patient?

  • 25 May 2017
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Caught in the media spotlight

Dealing with the press can be stressful for anybody – but for doctors and other healthcare professionals it can be particularly tricky

  • 26 April 2017
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Can reflective practice be “incriminating”?

Reflective practice is a common tool for maintaining good practice – but many healthcare professionals have raised concerns that taking part in these formal procedures might "incriminate" them should a complaint or claim arise.

  • 31 March 2017
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Protecting electronic patient data

DATA extraction software for patient records can speed up information requests both for insurance companies and under-pressure GPs - but practices need to ensure essential data protection standards are met.

  • 27 February 2017
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