Introduction: This review seeks to highlight high-risk areas to individuals performing rhinological procedures within the NHS. By recognising such areas we look to establish guidance for surgeons at every stage of training to help decrease this risk.
Methods: The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) were contacted and provided anonymous data on all claims against NHS ENT Surgeons related to the practice of rhinology for the five-year period between 2005-2010.
Results: Ninety-six cases were identified. 59% of claims related to ‘injuries’ occurring in the operating theatre. Surgical complications accounted for 55% of claims.
Conclusions: The operating theatre was highlighted as an area of high-risk. Surgical complications were the most common perceived cause of malpractice. Streamlining the consent process may help curb this risk.