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The Importance of Considering Compartment Syndrome as a Possibility in Patients.10 August 2020
This case arises from an alleged failure by the staff in A&E failing to recognise Compartment Syndrome and therefore delaying emergency surgery to alleviate the condition resulting in permanent damage to the patient’s lower leg and foot.
The Importance of Ensuring a Patient is Aware of Potential Adverse Effects of Radiotherapy and/or Surgical Treatments.31 July 2020
The claim relates to the alleged failure to appropriately advise the Claimant of the effects of radiotherapy treatment, resulting in a secondary infection and scarring.
Referral for a multidisciplinary assessment in diabetic patients at high risk of limb amputation as a result of Charcot arthropathy.27 July 2020
This case arises from an alleged failure to refer a diabetic patient to a multidisciplinary team despite presenting with severe foot deformity and swelling, resulting in below-knee amputation.
Obtaining written confirmation of factors when considering surgery.13 July 2020
This case arises from an alleged failure to disclose all the material facts to the Patient prior to performing ankle surgery on a child by an orthopaedic surgeon and to not advising physiotherapy in the first instance.