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Helping Manage Clinical Risk, Reduce Litigation Risk and Improve Healthcare Standards

Our latest clinical risk alerts are based on advanced claims intelligence provided by our Lead Clinical Partner, TMLEP. These are provided to all our policyholders to help keep clinical practice reactive to emerging clinical risk trends, ensuring we can help create a safer clinical world. Please feel free to browse a selection of our recent alerts below.

Wound Packing

A Reminder of The Significance of Removing Wound Packing

Packing wounds is integral to the patients healing and should be thoroughly monitored throughout the aftercare period, adhering to the guidelines. The failure to remove packing on a regular basis as and when needed can be detrimental to the patient, as the packing obstructing the pus from leaving the cavity.

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The Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Trusts should ensure that they have an appropriate care pathway to ensure that healthcare professionals understand what to do when a diabetic foot ulcer is identified and that they provide timely care.

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A Series: COVID-19 and its Impact on the NHS - Obstetrics

A Series: COVID-19 and its Impact on the NHS - Obstetrics

Reductions in staff due to positive COVID-19 cases or isolation as well as other COVID measures (such as redeployment) meant that throughout the pandemic there has been a knock-on effect leading to remaining practitioners to cover even more patients than usual. This led to a reduction in available appointments in an environment when mothers were less likely to attend these in any event.

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Appendectomy

The Difficulties Faced When Performing a Total Appendectomy

This article discusses the risk factors associated with performing an appendectomy, including not fully visualising the organ and the risk of leaving part of the appendix in situ.

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The Importance of Post-Seizure Observations in Children

The Importance of Post-Seizure Observations in Children

A study by TMLEP shows that in these instances, when a child is presenting with prolonged headaches, vomiting and dizziness, a CT Scan should be considered. It is important to consider that a CT scan can not only diagnose, but also rule out differential diagnoses such as tumours or other neurological symptoms which can further reduce the scope when diagnosing a child in these emergency situations.

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COVID-19

A Series: COVID-19 and its Impact on the NHS - Plastic Surgery

Before COVID-19, long waiting lists for plastic surgery for non-urgent cases were not unheard of, with clinic appointments taking place anywhere between 1-12 weeks from referral and from thereon, up to 6 months waiting for the operation itself.

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Mr Charles Willis-Owen BM BCh MA (Hons Oxon) MFSEM (UK) FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Enhancing Risk Management for Policyholders

By offering policyholders complimentary access to the very latest healthcare analytics updates from TMLEP, policyholders are kept up to date with access to clinical risk alerts that may impact their practice. As a THEMIS policyholder, this keeps clinical practice responsive to emerging trends that could lead to claims.

Mr Charles Willis-Owen BM BCh MA (Hons Oxon) MFSEM (UK) FRCS (Tr & Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Royal Bournemouth Hospital
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