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Admin / May 25, 2015 / Medico Legal, Do's and Dont's by clinico

Medico Legal principles underpin every move a clinician makes. Knowing the medical law and guidance that surrounds one’s actions, will enable Doctors to justify them., Gist of some of Important general Medico legal Do's & Dont's.

  • Advisable - Take feedback at discharge from the patient /attendants in a register / form kept for this purpose.
  • Anticipate and take appropriate precautions for any exigency / contingency that could arise due to ‘normal human behaviour.'
  • Do not discriminate HIV patients
  • Advisable-Cases where legal action is anticipated /threatened
  • Advisable - Make and preserve photocopies of investigations recorded on thermal / chemical coated / special paper.
  • Advisable - Avoid any abnormal reaction or overreaction after a medical mishap.
  • Record certain relevant and patient related observations (like ‘patient feeling nervous’) in the medical records.
  • Advisable - Take appropriate precautions to minimize human error.
  • Treatment by non-allopathic doctor with allopathic drugs
  • Ensure that outside food is not taken by patient when in- house food is provided.
  • Advisable - Club HPE charges with surgery / procedure charges in cases where it is mandatory to send the samples for HPE after that surgery / procedure.
  • Send samples for HPE where it is mandatory to do so.
  • Advisable - Deal tactfully with political pressures.
  • Advisable -Take the patient's history in the patient's hand writing on a printed form having suitable columns /spaces, especially during the first consultation / before admission.
  • Take holidays into account while referring patients for investigations.
  • Execute proper legal agreement with NGO's / other agencies before providing them hospital facilities. Intimate
    their patients about such agreements in writing.
  • Contemplate and take extra care in changing a medicine.
  • Record specifically refusal failure of the patient / attendants to do something that is required to be done.
  • Advisable - Ensure that documents like consent / information sheets / medical records are written by single person and with the same pen without changing the ink.
  • Advice the patient to seek medical help elsewhere rather than wait if the requisite infrastructure / facility / doctors are unavailable.
  • Confirm the rules applicable in your 'State' before starting treatment of malaria on a presumptive basis.
  • Advisable - Cross-check veracity of reports of another facility / hospital / doctor produced by the patient in legal proceedings.


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