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  1. Routine injection leads to nerve damage, with a nurse’s ‘invariable practice’ testimony unconvincing

    3 October 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A hospital operator was found vicariously liable for a negligently administered heparin injection into a patient’s left thigh by a nurse. In Issue Whether the nurse pinched the plaintiff’s skin before administering the injection, so to avoid...

  2. The Gillick competent child and Section 20 of the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979 (Qld)

    22 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Queensland Supreme Court recently authorised a hospital to administer a blood transfusion to a Gillick competent 15 year old patient who is pregnant with twins. The Court did not resolve the question of whether s20 of the Transplantation and Anatomy...

  3. Who can access children's medical records?

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The answer is not always straightforward. We look at issues that can arise where parents are divorced, families are separated and when the child’s views should be considered. Parent’s rights generally Generally speaking, a parent or guardian...

  4. Superbugs 101

    27 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Rise and Rise of Superbugs Superbugs, known more technically as antimicrobial resistance, refer to microorganisms (like bacteria strains or viruses) which have developed resistance to antimicrobial drugs (like antibiotics or antivirals). At least...

  5. Fit to drive home? The scope of a health provider’s duty of care

    6 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    A hospital and psychiatrist were liable for injuries sustained by a patient who had a car accident when driving herself home after being discharged from hospital. In Issue Whether permitting the plaintiff to drive home on discharge was negligent. Whether...

  6. Consent to surgery: who will be my surgeon?

    9 November 2017 | Insurance & Health Law

    Often a patient is not expressly told who their surgeon will be and is left to assume it is the practitioner who obtained their consent. However, a different practitioner or a registrar under supervision may actually perform the operation. These...

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