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Case studiesCourts & reportsManaging patient incidentsMedical recordsPatient carePractising professionally
Mistake compounded by cover-up attempt A recently reported case in which a health professional was reprimanded serves as a timely reminder for members of the importance of being open and honest when an adverse event occurs.
Case studiesCourts & reportsDigital healthManaging patient incidentsPatient carePrescribing
Inquest: electronic prescribing system glitch impacts patient care An inquest into a man s death while in custody after suffering a burn injury raises key lessons for doctors.
ConsentCourts & reportsCase studiesManaging patient incidentsPatient carePatient communication
Family complaints – relatives take legal action Supporting a loved one as they are treated for a serious health issue can be stressful and emotionally demanding for family members. Unfortunately their heightened emotional state can occasionally res...
Case studiesCourts & reportsWorkplace & employment
Hospital headaches: workplace demands Working in a hospital setting requires medical practitioners to interact with a large number of co-workers including managers and trainees. We have seen an increasing number of employment related matt...
ConsentCase studiesCourts & reportsMedical recordsPatient carePatient communication
We’re going ahead: treatment conundrums It is a natural tendency for doctors to want to provide the best treatment for their patients. Going ahead with what you think is best may require some further consideration to avoid a subsequent comp...
Case studiesCourts & reportsPatient communication
Failure to arrange a timely psychiatric assessment A hospital has been ordered to pay over 130 000 to a patient who was prone to self-harm after being found negligent for failing to prevent their injuries.
Case studies
Insight and reflection needed for a positive outcome A complaint made to a health regulator against you can be confronting and overwhelming. However if dealt with appropriately the best outcome can be achieved as one member experienced.
ArticlesCase studies
False representations lead to patient death In a reported case a cardiologist has been found guilty of professional misconduct after the death of a patient. The doctor (not an Avant member) was accused of making false representations to the hos...
Case studiesMedical records
Tragic case emphasises good clinical record keeping Case Study: Tragic case emphasises good clinical record keeping A case involving a woman who launched a multi-million dollar law suit against a GP for failing to diagnose a rare form of meningitis whi...
ArticlesCase studiesPractising professionally
The importance of keeping it professional: avoiding boundary violations A UK case involving a junior doctor illustrates the potential for professional and patient harm when a professional boundary is crossed.
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