Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118508866
  • ISBN-13: 9781118508862
  • DDC: 610.289
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 184 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Its the moment when your heart thumps and you desperately wish you could turn back the clock. You have made a mistake in treating a patient and their condition has deteriorated. What do you do next? Some of the most important and best lessons in a doctors career are learnt from unfortunate mistakes. However, an awareness of the common causes of medical error and developing positive behaviours, can reduce the risk of mistakes and litigation. Written specifically for core medical trainees and their trainers, and unlike any other clinical management title available, Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine identifies and explains the most common errors likely to occur in a hospital setting - so you wont repeat them. This brand new guide uses case scenarios based on real-life events, and provides clinical teaching points and strategies to help you engage in safe practice throughout your career. The cases are complemented by insight into how best to deal with complaints, and subsequent potential medico-legal consequences, helping to reduce your anxiety when working with patients. Invaluable during the Foundation Years and beyond, Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine is the perfect guide to help tackle the professional and emotional challenges of life as a hospital doctor. 

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Part 1.
2: Errors and Their Causes.
3: Medico-Legal Aspects.
4: Clinical Cases.
5: Civil Liability, Negligence and Compensation.
6: A Shaky Excuse.
7: Making Matters Worse.
8: Chase the Bloods.
9: Falling Asleep En-Route.
10: Bad Luck or Bad Judgement.
11: An Opportunity Missed.
12: Better Late than Never.
13: Man Down.
14: Cry Wolf.
15: Not a Leg to Stand on.
16: Unexpected Death: The Coronial System and Clinical Risk Management.
17: A Doubly Bad Outcome.
18: Difficulty with Diarrhoea.
19: A Flu-Like Illness.
20: Falling Standards.
21: An Approach to Complaints.
22: A Woman with Chest Pain.
23: Clumsiness.
24: Competence.
25: A Change in Plan.
26: Starving to Death.
27: An Irregular Presentation.
28: Irrational but Not Incompetent.
29: Restraint.
30: A Challenging Discharge.
31: Ruling out the Organic.
32: Endless Wandering.
33: Can You Please Take These Handcuffs Off?.
34: Own Worst Enemy.
35: Miscellaneous.
36: All Eggs in One Basket.
37: A Major Mix-Up.
38: Under the Radar.
39: A Cantankerous Recluse.
40: Keep an Open Mind.
41: Healthcare Acquired Infection?.
42: Backing the Wrong Horse.
43: A Surprising Turn of Events.
44: Funny Turn.
45: Investigating and Dealing with Errors.