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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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Factsheet 01/10/2013

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

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Complaints in health and social care: standards and guidelines for resolution and learning (2009) aims to provide a simple, consistent approach for staff who handle complaints, and for patients who raise complaints across all health and social care services.

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Case report 21/01/2013

A challenging combination

A challenging combination

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Mr Y was a 21-year-old unemployed man who lived with his mother. He was a heroin addict and in the last few months, he had started injecting into his groin. Each day he was spending about £40 on heroin and cocaine and had recently served a prison sentence for burglary to fund his habit.

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Case report 10/01/2012

Too quick to clear the spine

Too quick to clear the spine

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Twenty-eight-year-old Miss T was a pillion passenger on her boyfriend’s motorbike going at high speed on a motorway. He lost control of the vehicle and tried to regain it by braking, which threw them both over the handles, landing some distance away. Unfortunately, Miss T’s boyfriend was certified dead at the scene of the accident.

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Case report 01/01/2010

A takeaway lesson

A takeaway lesson

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Mr U, a 39-year-old print worker, attended his local Emergency Department (ED) one evening with a six-hour history of vomiting and abdominal discomfort. The symptoms had come on shortly after eating a takeaway meal. He was seen by Dr A, a doctor-in-training on the emergency medicine rotation. Dr A documented a detailed abdominal examination which showed no evidence of an acute abdomen. Dr A diagnosed acute gastritis or early gastroenteritis and advised Mr U to go home, rest, and see his GP the next day if things had not settled down.

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Case report 01/09/2007

Assume nothing

Assume nothing

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K was an active 14-year-old boy, keen on skateboarding and football. When he came home after a day’s skateboarding complaining of intense pain in his groin and abdomen, his father was alarmed and took him directly to his local A&E department. Four years earlier, K had developed testicular torsion resulting in the loss of his left testis; his father was understandably fearful that now K’s remaining testicle was also at risk.

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Case report 09/01/2007

A coincidental finding

A coincidental finding

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Mr S was a 51-year-old warehouse worker with no medical problems. He was lifting a very heavy box at work when he felt a severe pain to his lower back with some radiation to his right buttock. He was sent home, and his wife drove him to their local A&E department.

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Case report 01/11/2003

Change your diagnosis, not the records

Change your diagnosis, not the records

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Miss Y was a healthy, happy schoolgirl until the age of 15 when she started getting headaches. She saw a locum at her GP practice, giving a six-month history of persistent headaches with vomiting and a stiff, twisted neck. She mentioned a family history of migraines. The doctor diagnosed migraine and prescribed analgesia and pizotifen.

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