Month: August 2020

Brain death - Lex Medicus Publishing

Brain death

What is brain death? Implications for misdiagnosis and organ transplantation   Demonstrating brain death in a severely ill patient is a difficult task, but an essential one to determine whether an individual is qualified to receive life-saving medical care or whether any form of treatment is obsolete. This distinction is particularly relevant when a patient is …

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SIGMD for spinal impairment assessment

The mystery of SIGMD for spinal impairment assessment revealed

Spinal Impairment Guides Modification Document (SIGMD) for TAC clients who suffered injuries to their spine after 14 December 2016.   Mr Thomas Kossmann presented a breakfast seminar on the new SIGMD legislation and in case you missed it, Lex Medicus is released a few articles to provide you with a comprehensive description of this new …

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The frozen shoulder

The frozen shoulder

The aetiology of the frozen shoulder, also named adhesive capsulitis, remains mysterious, yet the condition can be quite painful and debilitating. In some patients, the cause of a frozen shoulder cannot be established at all. There are arguments on whether or not a tear to the rotator cuff is associated with the disease. Certainly, shoulder …

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First therapy dog for medico legal examinations

Layla, Australia’s first certified therapy dog for medico-legal examinations

In Australia, and across the world, the presence of a therapy dog in medicine is becoming mainstream. In fact, the concept of pet therapy is thriving across health, mental health and the educational sector. Meanwhile, therapy dogs have been introduced also in the legal profession. Lex Medicus has embraced this trend and has become the first …

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Blood transfusion - pathology example for medico legal information

Why our blood group matters in transfusions, pregnancy and COVID infection

There is never enough blood to satisfy the demand for transfusion. On 14 June, we celebrated World Blood Donor Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to expressing gratitude to donors for their life-saving gifts. Donated blood is a vital resource, both for elective treatments …

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Fractures of the pelvis for medico legal information

Fractures of the pelvis

Fractures of the pelvis consist of a break of the pelvic ring and carry a high risk for significant complications and even death. Because of the high energy needed, pelvic fractures may occur concomitantly with other injuries requiring immediate emergency care to prevent or address serious bleedings and further damage to internal organs. Although more common in …

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