BOA Medico-legal Guidance
A number of guidance documents on specific, topical medico-legal issues published by the BOA can be found below.
Best Practice for Hip Arthroplasty Surgery Documentation - Full document
As part of ongoing work both to improve patient outcomes and to reduce litigation costs within the NHS, a large series of hip arthroplasty cases in which complaints were made have been reviewed.
Best Practice for Knee Arthroplasty Surgery Documentation - Full document
As part of ongoing work both to improve patient outcomes and to reduce litigation costs within the NHS, a large series of knee arthroplasty cases in which complaints were made, have been reviewed.
New guidance on COVID-19 vaccination, surgery and steroids
22nd January 2021 - Guidance on the timing of vaccination, surgery and steroid injection, and other issues relevant to surgical patients, has now been published.
Orthopaedic surgeons and medico-legal matters
Author: David Warwick
How Not to Be an Expert Witness: Important Lessons from a Recent Court Case
Author: Michael Foy, Chair, BOA Medicolegal Committee First published in the March 2017 edition of the JTO
Evolution of the Objective-Subjective Test of Material Risk in Consent
Author: Simon Britten, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Secretary for BRLS First published in the December 2018 edition of the JTO
Montgomery and Wrist Fractures: What Should we Tell the Patient?
Author: David Warwick, Hand Surgeon, Member of BOA Medico-legal Committee First published in the December 2016 edition of the JTO