Medicine And The Media

The traumas of casualty departments

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:196
  1. Christopher Bulstrode, clinical reader in trauma and orthopaedics
  1. John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

    Trauma care in Britain came in for a battering last week when the BBC's science programme QED screened a drama purporting to show a real life case of medical negligence. Christopher Bulstrode examines the controversy surrounding Cause of Death

    Mark was just a nice, ordinary lad on a big motorbike that crashed. He was fine when he got to the hospital, apart from a few broken bones, but then things started to go wrong. Within a few days he was in the intensive treatment unit after a cardiac arrest. His brain never recovered, and when they switched off the ventilator the family was left devastated. …

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