GP/medical centre in HDC breach after renal patient dies following infusion

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GP/medical centre in HDC breach after renal patient dies following infusion

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Renal function should be assessed before zoledronic acid is administered
A GP and a medical centre have been criticised by the deputy health and disability commissioner for their treatment of a w

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Are GPs being pushed to work on behalf of their patients even though they may be uncomfortable and outside their usual practice? Pressure from tertiary services and the system failing both GPs and patients? 

Who looks at this?

It is important to know one's limits and not go out of the comfort zone. Patient should have been referred back to pain clinic for needful as she was high risk.

Sad for all involved after 40 years she was not just a patient to the GP and i am sure the GP had the best intentions. I note that the Pain Clinic had supposedly suggested the patient be given Pamidronate as part of a trial for pain that they were conducting? (spinal stenosis and sciatica do not appear as an indication for use). Both medications are biphosphonates and really do carry the same contraindications and precautions. Given all the co-morbidities she had that I presume the Pain Clinic would have known about I wonder how wise that trial would have been and certainly if it was a trial should have had the same consent etc.