Medicolegal case: Nurse-patient should have known the risks

A 42-year-old nurse consulted her GP about her recurrent, painful, swollen left knee. She initially injured it playing netball six months earlier and it now interferes with her general exercise program and quality of life.

Woman sore knee

The GP referred her to an orthopaedic surgeon, who arranged an MRI and recommended an arthroscopy.

The patient was admitted to hospital, where the procedure was performed but was complicated by an infection, diagnosed as septic arthritis.

She was treated successfully with intravenous antibiotics but was ultimately left with

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