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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The gentleman
Dr R, an intern, commenced a psychiatric rotation at a regional hospital. Upon needing to enter one of the floor levels, Dr R was faced with 2 secure doors, both requiring an access card. Dr R swiped ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The good samaritan
While working as a gynaecology registrar in a public hospital, Dr L treats a woman who has miscarried. A week later, on the way home, Dr L finds the patient crouched over at the train station. Dr L en ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The prescriber
Dr Z received correspondence from AHPRA threatening immediate action to suspend registration due to public safety concerns. AHPRA had received complaints from a few of Dr Z’s colleagues and a communit ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   Open Communication
Three weeks into his new placement, Dr Q attends a performance assessment with his consultant supervisor where he is criticised for his work ethic and skill level. Dr Q is shocked as he believes he is ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The falsely accused
Nurse P and PGY3 Dr S have a history of not getting along with each other, Nurse P often made complaints about Dr S’ practice. Including that Dr S recorded a clinical examination in patient notes that ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The apology
During a clinical round an intern supervised a student whilst they inserted a canula. Despite the student’s familiarity the procedure was problematic. After three failed attempts the intern inserted t ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The poor communicator
A patient arrives in the ED late at night with a sore and swollen groin, insisting that the pain is getting worse. The patient is seen by Dr P, who quickly suspects that the patient has a femoral hern ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The secret spillers
Two registrars working at the same hospital often confer with each other regarding patients in which they were involved. One day, they met in the lift and discussed the details of one of the patients. ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   Follow up
Dr Todd, a registrar, consulted a 52-year-old male with well managed hypertension that was experiencing high blood pressure readings. Dr Todd arranged for 24-hour Holter monitoring. The findings indic ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The party doc
Dr L is a medical registrar in an accredited training position. Her colleague Dr T is a fellow trainee on the program, who has a reputation for being a ‘party boy’. He often arrives for work in the mo ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Commentary on Facebook
The rule of patient confidentiality is paramount. All practitioners need to be very careful where any communication occurs with a patient (or even prospective patient) that may compromise boundaries o ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Negativity towards IMG
Unfortunately as an IMG new to practice in Australia, you may face some guarded or even negative views from your patients. Some recent incidents involving overseas trained doctors have attracted cons ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   What should you do if you're involved in an adverse outcome, claim or investigation?
What should you do? Don’t panic Becoming involved in an adverse outcome, complaint, claim or investigation is more common than you think and it is likely to happen at some stage of your career. ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Intern suicide
Dr M, an intern, was faced with increasingly onerous and stressful workplace obligations. He had become progressively so worried and concerned about workload and fatigue that he raised his concerns wi ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Info before treatment
Dr B was a second year post graduate dentist working as a locum. The patient was seen previously in the practice and had consented to an extraction. The treatment was delayed for a few days as it was ...
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