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Zero tolerance – can it work?

VIOLENCE against NHS staff is on the increase - but can a new 'zero tolerance' Government strategy solve the problem?

  • 27 November 2018
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Plain English for patients

Clear and comprehensible outpatient letters are of vital importance for safe healthcare - and they should be addressed to the patient

  • 26 October 2018
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Remote monitoring risks

Last month we looked at digital prescribing alerts and how continual warnings designed to help clinicians could potentially increase the risk of errors as “information overload” takes over. In this article we focus on alerts and other risks associated with remote monitoring devices

  • 26 September 2018
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Prescribing alert “fatigue”

Digital system alerts are designed to assist the clinician – and improve patient safety outcomes – but sometimes the result can be information overload

  • 28 August 2018
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Is reality TV too risky?

MDDUS often hears from members seeking advice about engaging with media producers. What are the risks involved?

  • 30 July 2018
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Doctors dealing with dental emergencies

Are doctors taking risks in dealing with dental emergencies?

  • 27 June 2018
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Inherent risks in remote consulting

Online consulting offers real promise as a means of easing pressure on hard-pressed primary care services - but there are some inherent risks.

  • 29 May 2018
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Challenging authority

WHAT do healthcare staff do when faced with a bad decision by someone senior? 'Authority gradients' are a prime consideration in safe team working.

  • 26 April 2018
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The importance of being flexible

IN any clinical setting, adopting too rigid an adherence to protocols can add risk. Sometimes a more flexible approach is required

  • 28 March 2018
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Safe delegation

DELEGATION utilised carefully and with due safety is a practical way of enhancing the delivery of care – but remember you delegate a task, not full responsibility.

  • 27 February 2018
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