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IT can be tricky remaining detached from patients on a personal basis, particularly for GPs who often have longstanding clinical relationships with individuals and families. Risk adviser Liz Price offers some advice.
Zero tolerance – can it work?
VIOLENCE against NHS staff is on the increase - but can a new 'zero tolerance' Government strategy solve the problem?
Plain English for patients
Clear and comprehensible outpatient letters are of vital importance for safe healthcare - and they should be addressed to the patient
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
Is reality TV too risky?
MDDUS often hears from members seeking advice about engaging with media producers. What are the risks involved?
Doctors dealing with dental emergencies
Are doctors taking risks in dealing with dental emergencies?
WHAT do healthcare staff do when faced with a bad decision by someone senior? 'Authority gradients' are a prime consideration in safe team working.
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
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.
Winter pressure equals burnout
PRESSURES in the NHS always increase at this time of year – and so inevitably does the risk of burnout amongst doctors. Long hours and a hard-working culture might seem "all part of the job" but not at the expense of patient safety and personal health.