Pulse - Issue 13

Health Law & Litigation update - 10 January 2017

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Welcome to Issue 13 of Pulse, a quarterly publication by Lander & Rogers’ Health Law & Litigation team with information on topical issues and developments in Australian medical and health liability.  In this issue of Pulse, we report on recent court decisions concerning:

  • nervous shock flowing from delay in a caesarean section leading to a patient being awarded $1.78M plus costs;

  • destruction of embryos following a blackout highlighting that health organisations must have adequate business continuity policies and procedures in place;

  • guidance on when Death Certificates should be issued in Victoria;

  • updates from recent Coroner’s Court decisions, including an experimental therapy for dementia which resulted in a patient’s death, and the Inquiry which led to the Commonwealth Department of Health producing an industry alert on the need for CT head scans to be performed following a fall; and

  • recent aged care decisions relating to choking and CPR, and the need to ensure that patients are always positioned away from heaters.

We also provide a brief summary of a presentation by Associate Professor de Villiers Smit on trends and challenges in emergency medicine, and our presentation in Sydney on recent developments in birth claims.

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