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Managing incidents

The advice in this section is for general guidance only.

If you need more specific advice you can call one of our medico-legal advisers on 0800 716 646. They are available between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and provide an on-call service for medico-legal emergencies or urgent queries 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Alternatively you can fill out our form and an adviser will respond.

Popular resources about Managing incidents

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    Doctors have a duty to report all adverse incidents arising from use of medical devices, as MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard reports.

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    Your quick guide to the duty of candour.

  • Never events - a misnomer
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    Dr Christine Tomkins argues that the focus on never events is in danger of deflecting attention from the real goal, which is continuous reduction in all patient safety incidents.

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    Significant event analysis is a way of formally analysing incidents that may have implications for patient care. Learning from what went wrong or right should help improve your practice.

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