When do we think it is Safe to Drive after Hand Surgery? – Current Practice and Legal Perspective

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/621021
Title:
When do we think it is Safe to Drive after Hand Surgery? – Current Practice and Legal Perspective
Authors:
Murphy, SF; Martin-Smith, JD; Martin-Smith, W; O’Broin, E; Clover, APJ
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Nov-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/621021
Abstract:
Patients recovering from hand surgery frequently ask when it is safe to drive and it is unclear where the responsibility lies; the surgeon, the patient or the insurance company. An eight-question survey looking at various aspects of clinical practice was circulated to consultant and trainee plastic and orthopaedic surgeons in Ireland and the UK. Of the 89 surgeons who replied, (53%) felt the decision when to drive was the patient’s compared with the insurance company (40%) and the surgeon (7%). 80% advised patients to contact their insurance company. 87% were unaware of current regulations or guidelines. National guidelines were vague and left the decision with the treating doctor. Similarly, major insurers advise patients to contact their doctor for advice. From a legal standpoint, the patient has a duty of care to other road users to be in full control of his vehicle prior to driving, regardless of any advice received.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
SURGERY, ORTHOPAEDIC; ROAD SAFETY

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, SFen
dc.contributor.authorMartin-Smith, JDen
dc.contributor.authorMartin-Smith, Wen
dc.contributor.authorO’Broin, Een
dc.contributor.authorClover, APJen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-19T15:54:13Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-19T15:54:13Z-
dc.date.issued2016-11-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/621021-
dc.description.abstractPatients recovering from hand surgery frequently ask when it is safe to drive and it is unclear where the responsibility lies; the surgeon, the patient or the insurance company. An eight-question survey looking at various aspects of clinical practice was circulated to consultant and trainee plastic and orthopaedic surgeons in Ireland and the UK. Of the 89 surgeons who replied, (53%) felt the decision when to drive was the patient’s compared with the insurance company (40%) and the surgeon (7%). 80% advised patients to contact their insurance company. 87% were unaware of current regulations or guidelines. National guidelines were vague and left the decision with the treating doctor. Similarly, major insurers advise patients to contact their doctor for advice. From a legal standpoint, the patient has a duty of care to other road users to be in full control of his vehicle prior to driving, regardless of any advice received.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectSURGERY, ORTHOPAEDICen
dc.subjectROAD SAFETYen
dc.titleWhen do we think it is Safe to Drive after Hand Surgery? – Current Practice and Legal Perspectiveen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceMunsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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