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Risk: What do tape measures and chickens have in common?

Psychologists have identified several reasons why as humans, we may make mistakes in our thought processes, even when we possess the knowledge and have the ability to think correctly.

  • 19 September 2014
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Antibiotic prescribing: risk if you do, risk if you don’t

There has been lots of coverage in the press recently around over-prescription of antibiotics and the major global risk that resistant bacteria presents. It is now commonly cited as one of the greatest crises facing mankind, with a recent study highlighting a 40 per cent increase in antibiotic prescribing in the last 10 years.

  • 19 September 2014
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Results risks: new technologies in practice

Those of you who have been following our risk blogs will know that MDDUS analysis of GP claims shows that the primary cause of patient harm is related to missed or delayed diagnosis. In general practice a contributory factor is often a missed, or mishandled, result.

  • 16 September 2014
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Risk Management: Sports Medicine at the Games

With the overwhelming success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games still fresh in our minds, now is a good time to mention that the medical services provided at the Games were also heralded as the ‘best ever’ by Dr Jegathesan the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

  • 09 September 2014
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Risk in practice: treating friends and family

It is not unusual for family and friends to ask for medical-related “favours”, often wrapped up with a degree of emotional blackmail, intended or otherwise. Generally doctors are a sympathetic group and can find such requests difficult to refuse, even in the knowledge that treating family and friends is frowned upon.

  • 09 September 2014
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