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Asking patients if they drink or smoke often forms an important part of a consultation and treatment plan but may feel intrusive.
Using autonotes to record information in a patient's records can lead to an inaccurate account of the appointment.
It's important to be up to date with best practice in data processing, information security and record retention.
Complaints and claims for clinical negligence can arise years after treatment. Without records, it may be difficult or impossible to defend them successfully.
Alison Large addresses questions on remote consultations, including record keeping while working remotely and remote prescribing.
Alison Large looks at some of the dento-legal considerations associated with working remotely.
Video conferencing and patient images can be helpful in remote consultations, but be aware of the dento-legal issues around receiving and storing them.
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.