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Medical error. What to do if things go wrong: a guide for junior doctors

Medical error 2010
Reference number
1171
Issue date07 June 2010
DH Gateway reference
2010/013
TypeGuidance
It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of hospital inpatients suffer adverse events. Medical errors are rarely caused by bad individuals; more often it is as a result of bad systems.

This guide is aimed at junior doctors, who are often in the best position to identify how things could work better on the ground.

The guide outlines the key steps to follow if something does go wrong, including communication, documentation, reporting, learning and how to handle complaints.

It includes case studies based on real-life situations. Senior doctor discuss mistakes they have made and describe how they learnt from them.

This is the second version of Medical error. The first version of Medical error was published in 2005.
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