TMLEP Clinical Updates
TMLEP’s Clinical Updates are provided in order to raise awareness of clinical risk issues and to reduce incidence recurrence and improve patient safety. Facts have been anonymised to maintain data confidentiality, however learning points remain applicable.
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A Reminder of The Significance of Removing Wound Packing08 June 2021
Packing wounds is integral to the patient’s healing and should be thoroughly monitored throughout the aftercare period, adhering to the guidelines. The failure to remove packing on a regular basis, as and when needed, can be detrimental to the patient, as the packing obstructs the pus from leaving the cavity.
The Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers18 May 2021
Trusts should ensure that they have an appropriate care pathway to ensure that healthcare professionals understand what to do when a diabetic foot ulcer is identified and that they provide timely care.
A Series: COVID-19 and its Impact on the NHS - Obstetrics11 May 2021
Reductions in staff due to positive COVID-19 cases or isolation as well as other COVID measures (such as redeployment) meant that throughout the pandemic there has been a knock-on effect leading to remaining practitioners to cover even more patients than usual. This led to a reduction in available appointments in an environment when mothers were less likely to attend these in any event.
The Difficulties Faced When Performing a Total Appendectomy27 April 2021
This article discusses the risk factors associated with performing an appendectomy, including not fully visualising the organ and the risk of leaving part of the appendix in situ.