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A patient under care in hospital suffered complications which resulted in permanent health problems. There was a question raised as to the attention given to the patient by the nursing staff, in particular when vitals were checked and what measurements were recorded. The allegation was that the patient history notes had been altered at a later time.
FDS examined the hospital records for that patient and, using various microscope, photo-analytical and electrostatic forensic document examination techniques, found very strong evidence in support of a proposition that the disputed entries were written as part of an ongoing contemporaneous record and no evidence to support a proposition that they were the product of alteration at a later time.