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Complaints and claims for clinical negligence can arise many years after treatment and, in the absence of records, it may be difficult or impossible to defend an allegation successfully.
A DDU adviser was able to guide a member through a query about a request for a non-clinically justified radiograph that had been made by a patient in relation to a claim being pursued against another dentist.
A DDU member's clinical notes were a vital part of a successful defence of a claim brought against them by a patient who was left with a root fragment in their distal socket following a root canal and extraction.
With so much at stake for everyone involved, it's important for dental professionals to understand their individual responsibilities in the wake of an adverse incident.
The DDU advised a member on a whether to comply with a patient's request for a radiograph.
A dento-legal report is more complex than a clinical report. Writing it correctly may minimise any requests to you for clarification.
They are the basis for effective patient care and have an important dento-legal purpose - but what makes good dental records, and what else do dental professionals need to consider?
They are the basis for effective patient care and have an important dento-legal purpose - but what makes good dental records?
Dental professionals often have access to patients' personal data, which means they also have responsibilities to protect that information and handle it responsibly.