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 image

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 image

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  image

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 image

Orthopaedic surgeons and medico-legal matters

Author: David Warwick

How Not to Be an Expert Witness: Important Lessons from a Recent Court Case image

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 image

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? image

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