Archive for 'Medical error' Category

Patients and passengers should speak up

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011

In March, several passengers on a Flybe plane saw a wheel fall off the right landing gear as it was retracted into the planes’ wing. The bearings had seized on the wheel, leading to its failure. The pilot successfully landed the plane, by taking the initial strain on the left landing gear, before easing the […]

Ptttzzz…tick tick Red Tabards

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, September 2, 2011

This blog has been slightly lacking in posts over the past few months, but I’ve decided to throw some coal in the fire and get some steam pumping out the cobwebs. First up, is the red tabard story that turned up in the Telegraph last week. Christine Odone cited it as an example of death […]

Humility and healthcare in the US

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some people in the US seem to think Obama is Hitler, because he wants to reform their healthcare. If only Hitler had stuck to being a healthcare reformer, instead of annexing the Sudetenland… The majority of US citizens think US health care is the best in the world. Therefore it is understandable that they would […]

Make your medicines safer, sign this petition

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Please read this post and consider signing the attached petition. It may increase the safety of the medicines you are given in the future. In the UK, Section 64 of the Medicines Act 1968 says, that if a pharmacist makes a single dispensing error they have automatically undertaken a criminal act. So why should you […]

Prescribing errors in diabetes

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, April 20, 2009

Here’s a paper in the The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease I’ve just published with a colleague about prescribing errors in diabetes that may be of interest to some readers. Prescribing errors in diabetes have the potential to cause serious adverse effects. Antidiabetic agents are a significant cause of admission to hospital. Prescribing […]

An easy mistake to make…

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, April 3, 2009

This is more common than you think, although superglue is the usual culprit. Paula Griffin, 29, squirted the hazardous liquid into her right eye by mistake after waking up with blurred vision. Her eye was glued shut for eight hours and was only prised open again when doctors cut off her lashes. Miss Griffin was […]

Accidental administration of MMR vaccine

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, February 12, 2009

This is a regrettable error, that should not have occurred. Vanessa Hart had taken five-year-old daughter Ellie to Hollybrook Medical Centre for two jabs ahead of a holiday to the Dominican Republic. The youngster had been due to be given injections against hepatitis A and typhoid during the appointment at the surgery last Thursday. But […]

Children and medicines

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, April 10, 2008

The past few weeks have had a few interesting papers published on the subject of medicines and children. Children are often ill-served by medication, partly due to the difficulties associated with medication use in children and running clinical trials, and partly because of pharmaceutical companies lack of interest in obtaining paediatric licences for a small […]

Look-a-like and Sound-a-like names

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The following is an article published in Pharmaceutical Marketing I co-wrote in 2002. I can’t remember exactly how my colleague and I came to write it, but I think I was asked because of my membership of a working group on safety and pharmaceutical packaging. I thought it might be of some interest here. Cox […]