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Blurred boundaries

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.

  • 19 December 2018
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

Doctors dealing with dental emergencies

Are doctors taking risks in dealing with dental emergencies?

  • 27 June 2018
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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.

  • 29 January 2018
  • Risk alert