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Welcome to the latest issue of Clinical Risk Insights, brought to you by the Clinical Risk Unit of the State Claims Agency. In this issue you will find articles on minimising risks around Newborn Bloodspot Screening, lessons from testicular torsion claims, the HSE's updated National Consent Policy, and communication around Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section. You can also check out the recording of our recent webinar for World Patient Safety Day 2022.

In this issue

Newborn Bloodspot Screening – the risks and how to minimise them

In this article, Cliodhna Grady, Senior Clinical Risk Manager in the State Claims Agency, highlights the importance of the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening programme, discusses some of the most common incidents linked to screening on NIMS (the National Incident Management System) and sets out steps to help minimise the risks.

Learning from claims – testicular torsion

In this article, Dr Karen Robinson, Clinical Risk Advisor in the State Claims Agency, looks at learning form testicular torsion claims and presents advice on mitigating the risk of these claims occurring.

National Consent Policy 2022

In this article, Dr Cathal O’Keeffe, Head of Clinical Risk, and Marie Hutton, Clinical Risk Legal Advisor, in the State Claims Agency, look at the HSE’s updated National Consent Policy and how, when followed, it can help mitigate the risk of claims around patient consent arising.

Communicating around Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section

In this article, Cliodhna Grady, Senior Clinical Risk Manager in the State Claims Agency, examines the litigation risks associated with Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section, specifically in relation to counselling and consent, and how they can be mitigated.

Event report: World Patient Safety Day Symposium Webinar – Medication Without Harm (15 September 2022)

The State Claims Agency and HSE National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate jointly hosted a virtual event on Thursday, 15 September to mark World Patient Safety Day 2022. The webinar recording and presentation slides are now available to view.

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