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Part two: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care
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Part two: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care

In part one of exploring best practice in note-taking and record-keeping, we explored the importance of record-keeping, current laws and codes relevant to note-taking, using and disclosing records, how notes should be taken and whether they can be altered and the length of time records should be kept. In part two we look at: Electronic versus paper records - pros and cons;, Electronic ...

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Part one: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care
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Part one: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care

In part one of exploring best practice in note-taking and record-keeping we look at: Why records should be kept, Current laws and codes relevant to note-taking, Using and disclosing records, How notes should be taken, Whether records can be altered, Length of time records should be kept, Why keep records?. Adequate records serve as a reminder of important information, ...

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Suspension not necessary for Ophthalmic Surgeon found guilty of professional misconduct

The complaint in respect of each patient was separated into two issues: the medical treatment provided to the patient; and, the failure to maintain adequate medical records for that patient., The matters that were the subject of each complaint which related to the doctor’s professional competence raised matters of some complexity relevant to the specialist medical discipline of ophthalmology....

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Immediate action prohibiting Doctor from performing circumcisions overturned
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Immediate action prohibiting Doctor from performing circumcisions overturned

The complaint concerned a circumcision undertaken by Dr Al-Naser on 6 September 2018 on a five month old male patient (the Circumcision), and the follow up care on 6 and 7 September 2018. The Patient experienced some bleeding and was subsequently admitted to Hospital where it was necessary for him to undergo surgery with blood transfusion.  The notification also raised issues regarding the documentation of the consultation and procedure, and informed consent....

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019: How will it work?

On 13 August 2019 the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 (WA) was read for the second time in Parliament. So how will it work?The Bill proposes that to be eligible to access voluntary assisted dying, a person must: have reached 18 years of age and have decision making capacity;, be acting voluntarily and without coercion;, be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and have been an ...

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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome
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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome

The Supreme Court of Victoria has dismissed an appeal by the Medical Board of Australia (Board) against the decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to overturn its decision to suspend a medical practitioner’s registration by way of immediate action. The Board had suspended the practitioner’s registration under s156(1)(e) of the Health Practitioner Regulation ...

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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests
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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests

The Plaintiff experienced a sudden onset of excruciating pain to her chest radiating to her left arm and was taken to the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department for assessment. While the Hospital’s assessment of the Plaintiff involved a number of aspects, it did not include the administration of a series of blood tests designed to measure the level of a particular protein complex called ‘troponin’ in the blood....

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Continued Suspension not in public interest
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Continued Suspension not in public interest

In April 2019 Julia Wilcock reported on the Tribunal's decision to stay the suspension of the anaesthetist pending his appeal in the matter. Click here to read Julia's post and the background to the case. Last week, the Tribunal delivered its decision on the practitioner's appeal. Click here to read the decision in Hill v Medical Council of New South Wales [2019] NSWCATOD 97. On Appeal, the Medical ...

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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure
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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure

Background On 19 March 2018, Mr Cowie (‘the patient’) underwent a cryotherapy procedure, being the use of liquid nitrogen, to remove some keratosis on his bottom lip (‘the procedure’). The procedure was performed by Dr Quinn. On 6 April 2018, more than 17 days after the procedure, the patient and his wife went on a holiday interstate when he claimed that his lips became very sore, swollen, ulcerated and extremely painful....

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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails
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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails

The plaintiff’s arm had been dislocated by a horse bite. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants each breached their duty of care to her by failing to order imaging to identify a rotator cuff injury, failing to refer her to an orthopaedic specialist, and failing to advise her as to proper care for her shoulder. The plaintiff alleged that by reason of the defendants’ failures, her treatment ...

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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier
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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier

Background Mr Elysee (‘the patient’) was a patient at Bankstown Medical Centre over a period of about 10 years. He had a complex combination of conditions and saw many doctors over that time. During the time when he was attending Bankstown Medical Centre he was diagnosed with diabetes and had a number of other health complaints including high blood pressure and poor renal function. In ...

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So you've received a negative online review...
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So you've received a negative online review...

Google reviews and websites such as RateMD and Whitecoat make it very easy for patients or any person to damage your or your business’ reputation and credibility online. There are a few steps a doctor can take if you receive a damaging online review. For example: You can ask the patient commenting to remove the online comment., You can ask the website administrator to remove the online comment....

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