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Reducing risk: when a patient refuses a chaperone

My recent blog on offering chaperones when undertaking intimate examinations sparked some discussion here over cases we have encountered. 

  • 21 May 2014
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Communicating with patients as a new dental VT

This time of year brings all sorts of reminders of growth and change. From the season’s new green shoots and emerging bursts of colour to the approach of term-end with students starting out on their new careers and lives as professionals.

  • 21 May 2014
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Are you a chatty dentist?

I recently came across a complaint file about one of our dental members, emanating from a patient who had taken umbrage that, during her consultation, he had conducted an entire conversation in Spanish with his dental nurse.

  • 22 April 2014
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Reducing risk: do you offer a chaperone?

A recent MDDUS case highlighted the importance of offering patients a chaperone for intimate examinations, regardless of the gender of patient or doctor.

  • 02 April 2014
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Reducing risk: scripting positive responses

When was the last time you listened in to reception on a busy morning?Patient experience is becoming one of the most important criteria in measuring a practice’s performance, with frontline communication being a key aspect of this.

  • 07 March 2014
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Are you ticking the right boxes?

TICKING boxes and form-filling are routine tasks in busy practices, but recent research at MDDUS has revealed some surprising risks.

  • 07 March 2014
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Overheard in public...

When I was asked by the risk team at MDDUS to contribute as a guest blogger I thought it would be interesting to be involved in what sounds like a useful exercise to allow members to share experiences to help reduce their risk – and of course the risk to our patients.

  • 27 February 2014
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Reducing risk: how risky are your clinical record workflow systems?

So.... to the “whole other blog” referred to in last month’s post.When was the last time you audited your document workflow systems?

  • 14 February 2014
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Reducing risk: how risky are DNAs?

In the midst of a busy surgery, particularly one that is running behind, many clinicians describe feeling a sense of relief when a patient doesn’t turn up for their booked appointment.

  • 14 February 2014
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Telephone consultations – where are your risks?

The telephone has been an accepted part of our lives in various and increasingly bewildering guises since the late 1800s. I came across an advert recently extolling the virtues of a new camera that you can also make telephone calls with.

  • 13 February 2014
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