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Focus on cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome may prove challenging to identify in its early stages, however, in our experience comprehensive note taking is key in demonstrating a sound examination and decision making process when faced with a potential incidence.

  • 04 February 2016
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  • Risk articles

Cosmetic surgery: ensuring a robust consent process

Cherryl Adams looks at new draft GMC guidance on cosmetic interventions and highlights MDDUS experience in the importance of thorough consent 

  • 30 October 2015
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Prescribing – basic principles

Prescribing is a routine part of everyday medical practice and is mostly safe and effective. But it can be the source of a wide range of problems.

  • 20 August 2015
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  • Risk articles

In the middle of a chain reaction!

Missed or delayed referral is a key factor in a significant percentage of MDDUS cases. Here risk adviser Alan Frame "drills deeper" into the statistics

  • 17 July 2015
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Reforming ombudsman services in England

MDDUS CEO Chris Kenny looks at the proposal for a single ombudsman covering heath and social care issues in England

  • 29 June 2015
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  • Risk articles

A child’s best interests

Scott Obrzud looks at a common area of angst and confusion among practice managers - dealing with parental access to medical records of children.

  • 28 May 2015
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Landmark case makes it clear that informed consent is firmly part of English and Scots law

The Supreme Court has recently published its judgment in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. The case, involving allegations in relation to birth-related injuries, has attracted a lot of publicity because of the £4.25 million award. But it is also highly significant in medico-legal terms in that it crystallises the law in relation to consent – more specifically issues around the amount of information a patient is entitled to be told before making a treatment decision.

  • 25 March 2015
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  • Risk articles

Private hospital claims: themes and learnings

Our most recent analysis, covering the previous two years of private hospital claims, has resulted in useful, high level information on areas of practice associated with negligence claims.

  • 24 March 2015
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  • Risk articles

Why do claims occur in dentistry?

With over 100 years of claims history at MDDUS, we have a vast amount of information and knowledge which can help identify key causes of loss from negligence claims. Knowing where things commonly go wrong in day-to-day practice can be of great benefit to our members by helping to inform risk reduction strategies.

  • 20 March 2015
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  • Risk articles

Dental risk: Staying safe with staff

Dental business coach Alun Rees sets out five do’s and don’ts for keeping your life simpler as an employer

  • 09 March 2015
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  • Risk articles