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Professor Simon Wright believes we can only improve patient safety in dental practice if we first understand the role of human factors.
It's rare for a patient to swallow or inhales something during treatment, but such incidents can leads to negligence claims and dental professionals should be aware of the risks.
The DDU supported a member when they faced a claim alleging a failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in a young patient who had been attending the member's practice for two years.
Pausing to reflect when something goes wrong can lessen the risk of history repeating itself. We explain how to respond to an adverse incident, ensuring patients are supported and lessons are learned.
Our DDU dento-legal adviser gives some pointers on solving a doggy dilemma...
Keith Smith discusses some of the causes of negligence claims relating to wisdom tooth extraction.
John Makin, Head of the DDU, introduces a special guide explaining how the DDU will be on your side throughout your career.
Following guidelines and procedures around referrals can help dental professionals avoid complaints or claims
Patients and other members of the dental team can be a good source of feedback on the quality of dental care and treatment provided by the practice.