BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4141 (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4141

A word of warning for doctors working in the emergency department. A 45 year old bus driver who presented with non-specific chest pain was waiting for his troponin T test results when the doctor’s shift ended. The first doctor handed the patient over to the incoming shift doctor, asking her to check the result. The patient left hospital and had a fatal cardiac arrest 24 hours later. The discharging doctor claimed that no handover had taken place nor any request to check the test results. Despite poor documentation, it was the discharging doctor who was found to be negligent (Case Reports 2009;17:September, www.medicalprotection.org/uk/casebook-september-2009)

What do children want to know before they have surgery? A qualitative study of 143 children aged seven to 17 years found that most wanted to know all about the operation they were due to undergo, including information about pain and the anaesthetic, …

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