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Case report 12/09/2018

Injection errors

Injection errors

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A common cause of claims at Medical Protection is injection errors. While generally low in value, they frequently cause anxiety to patients and clinicians, and are easily avoided. Dr Dawn McGuire, Medical Claims Adviser at Medical Protection, looks at some typical cases.

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Advice 12/09/2018

Online prescription services: what if you disagree?

Online prescription services: what if you disagree?

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Online prescription services offer great convenience to patients, but they also come with risks. What do you do if one of your patients has been taking medication prescribed online that you do not think they require? Dr Marika Davies, senior medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, explores this issue.

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Case report 14/11/2017

Balancing risks

Balancing risks

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Miss G was a 36-year-old medical receptionist who worked in a teaching hospital. She was under the care of a haematologist for chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, diagnosed when she was 13. She had a BMI of 42 and no other relevant past medical history.

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Case report 26/10/2017

Failure to follow specialist advice

Failure to follow specialist advice

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Following a hospital admission for status epilepticus, which was attributed to a previous cerebral insult, Mr G, a 35-year-old clerical officer, was started on an anticonvulsant regime of phenytoin and sodium valproate.

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Case study 26/10/2017

Repeating the risk

Repeating the risk

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Mrs L, a teacher, was first prescribed the oral contraceptive pill microgynon by her GP, Dr G, when she was 17. Her blood pressure was taken and recorded as normal. At this time, no other mention was made in the records of her risk profile or family history.

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Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

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This workshop has been developed to help nurses who are working in specialist roles to increase awareness of the potential for things to go wrong and to practice safely, particularly with regards to prescribing.

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Medication errors and safer prescribing

Medication errors and safer prescribing

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This workshop will enhance your understanding of errors in the medication process. With practical tips and reliable strategies, it can help you prescribe more safely, reduce the risk of medication errors and optimise the use of medicines for patients.

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17/06/2016

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

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This workshop has been developed to help nurses who are working in specialist roles to increase awareness of the potential for things to go wrong and to practice safely, particularly with regards to prescribing.

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Assessment

Clinical Risk Assessment for Repeat Prescribing

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Clinical Risk Assessment for Repeat Prescribing

This risk assessment will assist practices to identify potential risks related to the repeat prescribing system and provide recommendations in how to mitigate the risks identified.

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22/07/2015

Holiday prescribing

Holiday prescribing

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Like you, we believe that prevention is better than cure, so we aim to provide you with much more than a world-class defence. Our ethos is to work with members early on to identify risk and help reduce the likelihood of the problems occurring in the future.

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16/07/2015

Repeat prescribing for GPs

Repeat prescribing for GPs

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Medication errors make up a fifth of all errors occurring in general practice and many of these are preventable. Extra care must be taken when repeat prescribing, especially if you were not the original prescriber and have not seen the patient. This factsheet outlines the pitfalls, and gives advice on avoiding errors.

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05/06/2015

Controlled drugs

Controlled drugs

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Under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations (2001), GPs have a responsibility for controlled drugs (CDs) within their practice. This factsheet highlights what you should be aware of when carrying, storing and recording controlled drugs.

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20/05/2015

Repeat prescribing for GPs

Repeat prescribing for GPs

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Medication errors make up a fifth of all errors occurring in general practice and many of these are preventable. Extra care must be taken when repeat prescribing, especially if you were not the original prescriber and have not seen the patient. This factsheet outlines the pitfalls, and gives advice on avoiding errors.

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19/05/2015

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing in the UK has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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