Clinical Negligence Glossary

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Clinical Negligence Glossary


Temporary increase in the fetal heart rate of at least 15 beats per minute (bpm) above the baseline for around 10-20 seconds

Achilles Tendon

The tendon which attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.


An accumulation of acid in the blood or tissues.

Acquired Brain Injury

Damage to the brain which occurs after birth and no related to congenital disorder, developmental disability or progressive disease.

Acute Renal Failure

A sudden loss of the ability of the kidneys to remove waste and urine.


Surgical removal of the adenoids (small lumps of tissue at the back of the throat)

Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder’ – shoulder joint with significant loss of its range of motion.

After the Event Insurance (ATE)

This is insurance taken out after the event to cover legal costs.


Loss of memory


A diagnostic test for chromosome abnormality performed by extracting a sample of amniotic fluid.

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