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Do's

Do's

  • Accept the changes and challenges in the practice of medicine.
  • Do right things, have a clear conscience.
  • Communicate in compassionate and sensitive way.
  • Listen attentively, look carefully and always face the patient.
  • Finances and Bills should be explained properly.
  • Maintain proper records including refusals.
  • Attend regularly and personally, whether a patient or a case in CPA.
  • Take due cognizance and reply in time Inform the Insurance Company. Get an indemnity policy. Continue follow-up treatment of the patient.
  • Take the help of a legal, medico-legal expert while filing the reply.
  • Produce affidavits of colleagues and ask for expert witness whenever necessary. Give references relevant to case and demand cross examination.
Do's
  • Try to explain any misunderstanding or misrepresentation by giving proper examples. Queries must be solved.
  • Ask for counter compensation.
  • Update not only your knowledge and skill but also that your staff. Update the facilities and instruments. Attend workshops, conferences, CMEs etc.
  • Stay calm; avoid surprises, anger, panic and self doubt.
  • Be aware of the so-called 'social workers' and 'ambulance chaser advocates'.
  • Inform Police whenever necessary.
  • Extend all possible co-operations to the Police.
  • Furnish copies of medical records to Police, court or relatives whenever demanded. Consent of patient may be taken while providing information to Police.
  • Follow the legal procedures or provisions.
  • Have a valid informed consent for the treatment.
  • Preserve the documents, records especially in medico-legal, controversial or complicated cases. Give guarded prognosis.
  • Adjust the doses of drugs according to weight especially in children with renal/hepatic disorders.
  • Advice pathological, radiological tests in writing.
  • Insist for post-mortem examination if the cause of death can''t be ascertained.
  • Involve medical associations, medico-legal cells, voluntary organizations etc., whenever legal problem arises.
  • Consult your Lawyer before giving any reply.
  • Record the history of drug allergy.
  • If the patient was examined hurriedly, ask him to come for review next day.
  • If the diagnosis is not confirmed, mention 'diagnosis under review'.
  • Avoid vague, non-specific terminologies or short forms.
  • Explain treatment modalities whenever required especially in complicated cases.
  • Give/write instructions in comprehensive local language.
  • In case of any deviation from standard practice, mention the reasons.
  • When you are not sure, consult your senior, colleague or specialist.
  • Refer to higher center whenever necessary.
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