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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.
Your quick guide to the duty of candour.
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.
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.
Patients travelling to malaria hotspots should be encouraged to seek early medical advice about preventative measures.
Mediation can get both sides talking again when conflicts arise.
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