Should I report an adverse incident if the patient was unharmed?

Yes. Bear in mind that another patient may not be as lucky if the same problem happens again. It’s important to flag up all incidents which might point to weaknesses in the system or perhaps raise a concern about a dental professional.

You will also be expected to help your employer comply with legal obligations under the statutory duty of candour. This defines a notifiable patient safety incident as one where a patient suffered (or could have suffered) unintended harm that results in death, severe harm, moderate harm or prolonged psychological harm.

This guidance was correct at publication 22/08/2016. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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