Medicolegal Essentials in Healthcare by Jason Payne-James, Ian Wall, Peter Dean

By Jason Payne-James, Ian Wall, Peter Dean

Medicolegal necessities in Healthcare offers a concise review of the main clinically proper medicolegal matters for healthcare teams in England and Wales, and is a precious source for scientific, dental and nursing scholars in education in addition to being an invaluable fast reference for practitioners in those fields. each one bankruptcy is written through a number one specialist at the topic, and as such offers updated, concise, and accomplished insurance, determining key parts of controversy and permitting readers to place modern medicolegal matters into their acceptable scientific context. Key good points contain: makes a speciality of problems with speedy relevance to healthcare pros Chapters written through prime specialists within the box an information of medicolegal concerns is of accelerating significance to all healthcare pros, as society in most cases turns into extra litigious, and practitioners face the specter of criminal claims opposed to them

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This information is essential to allow the custody officer to fulfil his obligations under PACE. Clinical information that is not relevant to this process should not normally be included in this type of record. In the case of victims of assault, who may include police officers, information relevant to the investigation of a crime should be recorded. This will include a record of injuries, an assessment of an officer’s fitness for duty, and, in some cases, an observation as to the consistency of the injuries with the history given (always bearing in mind that at this stage the doctor will have incomplete information about an allegation of assault).

The Article requires the ‘highest attainable standard’ of health. This is a realistic approach, knowing that resource-poor states cannot achieve the same standards as wealthier ones in the short term. What it does require is that states should do everything they can to create the conditions in which sickness can be prevented (or at least not make them worse), and to provide facilities for all. Article 2 of the ICESCR requires that states should work towards ‘achieving progressively’ the rights in the Covenant, and that they should co-operate to this end.

Military commanders are charged to protect the public health of the communities in which wars are being fought by not targeting food supplies, water facilities and the shelter of the civilian population without very good reason and by protecting medical facilities and personnel. 11 H U M A N R I G H TS A N D H E A LT H C A R E P R O F E S S I O N A L S HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS How a healthcare professional might come across human rights issues will depend to some extent on where he or she is working and whether there is a regional human rights convention.

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