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Casebook 29/08/2017

Nasogastric tube errors

Nasogastric tube errors

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Nasogastric tubes are widely used in the world’s hospitals, yet in spite of fierce campaigning to expose the dangers, patients are still dying from the complications of wrongful insertion. Sara Williams and MPS medicolegal adviser Dr Gordon McDavid explore how to avoid these risks.

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Factsheet 04/11/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - Wales

Removal of medical equipment after death - Wales

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Factsheet 03/11/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - England

Removal of medical equipment after death - England

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Factsheet 01/07/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - Scotland

Removal of medical equipment after death - Scotland

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the Procurator Fiscal. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Factsheet 01/04/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death

Removal of medical equipment after death

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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01/04/2014

Raising concerns and whistleblowing

Raising concerns and whistleblowing

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One of the most difficult situations faced by any clinician is when you are concerned that a colleague’s behaviour, health or professional performance may be placing patients at risk. This factsheet outlines your duty to raise concerns when patients may be at risk of harm.

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Case report 01/05/2008

Tracheostomy troubles

Tracheostomy troubles

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Mr A was a 50-year-old lecturer in general good health. In a private hospital, he underwent an elective laparotomy for diverticular disease. Postoperative complications ensued with subsequent peritonitis. Following a period of ventilation in intensive care, he was left with a temporary tracheostomy for respiratory care.

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Case report 01/01/2007

A problem with the system, not the patient

A problem with the system, not the patient

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Mr C, a 47-year-old self-employed electrician, was admitted for a routine arthroscopic menisectomy of the knee. He was in good health and did not take any regular medication. His past medical history was unremarkable. He was keen to resume his active lifestyle, and return to work as soon as possible since he was the sole breadwinner. Preoperative assessment confirmed that he was healthy and fit for the procedure.

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Case report 01/02/2005

An anaesthetist's nightmare

An anaesthetist's nightmare

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An hour after apparently recovering well from an operation on her thyroid gland, Mrs J started to bleed severely from her wound. She was immediately returned to the operating theatre and Dr F, her anaesthetist, was called to see her.

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