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Treating colleagues

IT’S not uncommon to be asked by a colleague for healthcare advice or treatment but MDDUS advises leaving this to their own doctor or dentist.

  • 26 February 2021
  • Risk alert

Members administering Covid-19 vaccinations

PRESSURE to roll-out vaccinations at speed should not blind prescribers to the risks attached to mass administration of a very new, prescription-only, injectable medication.

  • 19 January 2021
  • Risk alert

Remote prescribing

PRESCRIBING medication is a common outcome in consultations but it is not without obvious risks - and these can be increased when consulting remotely.

  • 23 December 2020
  • Risk alert

Covert recording in a time of Covid

The increase in remote telephone and video consultations due to the pandemic has made it easier for patients to record consultations. Is this something that should worry clinicians?

  • 25 November 2020
  • Risk alert

Domestic abuse and remote consulting

HOUSEHOLD isolation measures during the pandemic have increased risks for those under threat from domestic abuse. A majority of clinical interactions now being undertaken remotely means reduced opportunities to recognise and act on cases. What can you do to help potential victims?

  • 30 October 2020
  • Risk alert

Patient confidentiality after death

Patient confidentiality extends beyond death – and as COVID-19 continues to take its toll, access requests for the medical records of those who died in the pandemic will likely increase from those involved in their care.

  • 29 September 2020
  • Risk alert

Good record keeping essential with remote consulting

MDDUS has seen a rise in calls from members concerned about treating patients safely in remote consultations. One way to manage risk is to ensure that record keeping is clear, sufficiently detailed, accurate and contemporaneous.

  • 31 August 2020
  • Risk alert

Using chaperones in remote consultations

AN increasing proportion of consultations are being carried out remotely by video – but can healthcare professionals provide safe care to a patient requiring an intimate examination that would normally involve use of a chaperone?

  • 29 July 2020
  • Risk alert

How safe is your telephone triage system?

COVID-19 has changed the way in which medical practices operate, with the need to reduce risk of exposure to both staff and patients. An effective telephone triage system has become an essential tool in this new way of working.

  • 26 June 2020
  • Risk alert

Dealing with the press

WALL-to-wall coverage of the coronavirus pandemic has put health professionals squarely in the media spotlight – and it may seem helpful and straightforward enough to engage with the press but MDDUS urges caution

  • 29 May 2020
  • Risk alert

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