A GP is sued when his nurse's injection goes wrong
Is a GP liable for damages when his nurse administers intramuscular iron inexpertly?
A 40-year-old woman presented with a long history of tiredness, lethargy and menorrhagia. She was a vegetarian and while she had taken iron supplements in the past, these had not helped her.
Investigations by her GP revealed anaemia (Hb of 7.5) and severe iron deficiency (ferritin of 13). Pelvic ultrasound revealed fibroids and an FOBT was negative.
The GP recommended a course of intramuscular iron injections and explained the risks