Expressing and owning an opinion
In medicolegal cases, it is rare for the legal teams involved to have sufficient specialist knowledge to make a judgement on the medical issues raised by a case. Therefore, they rely on medical experts to…
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Medicolegal liability in intensive care
The intensive care unit (ICU) is a complex environment and the patients being treated in it often have complicated needs that require invasive and potentially dangerous interventions. Therefore, it is not perhaps surprising that adverse…Read more
Intensive Care and Anaesthesia - Thought Leadership Series
Dr Martin Stotz explores 4 different aspects of intensive care medicolegal work. About Dr Stotz Dr Stotz is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at St Mary’s Hospital in London, where he leads a…Read more
Complications Following Long-Term Intubation
Intubation of patients in an intensive care setting is very common. Tracheal intubation involves passing a tube down the trachea in order to maintain an open airway. This may also be achieved by performing a…Read more
The challenges of diagnosing sepsis
The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that every year about 250,000 people in this country develop sepsis, of whom around 25,000 are children. Five people die from the disease every hour and around 25% of survivors…Read more
Medical negligence claims and the role of the Intensivist
Every year in the UK, over 270,000 adults are admitted to an intensive care unit. For the majority of patients, treatment is successful but the Department of Health estimates that around 10% of hospital inpatient…Read more
What Does an Intensivist do?
An intensivist, also known as an intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care physician, provides specialist care for critically ill patients. This is usually within the setting of an ICU in a major hospital, where…Read more
Is admission to intensive care always the right answer?
A key part of life as a doctor in any discipline involves assessing a situation and deciding on the right course of action – in many specialties this involves considering whether a treatment can make…Read more
What is an ICU Specialist?
In this article, we explore what an Intensive Care specialist does, the skills they need to have to be successful in their role and how their experience can be useful in supporting medicolegal cases. A…Read more
Sepsis: Challenges of diagnosis and building a medicolegal case
What is sepsis? One of the major conditions facing an Intensive Care Physician (Intensivist) is sepsis. Sepsis is defined as life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to an infection. Sepsis (also known as…Read more