(redirected from breached)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


An infraction or violation of the law, which is either intentional (an act of commission) or unintentional (an omission).

See security breach

noun A term used in the context of time-dependent health care targets in the UK, in which a particular type of patient interaction with NHS health providers did not occur in the desired time frame. In A&E (casualty), patients must be seen within 4 hours, regardless of their level of acuity; any longer than 4 hours is regarded as a breach. For cancer targets, a patient is said to have breached when he/she has not been seen by an oncologist within 31 days of an urgent GP referral, or if definitive cancer therapy has not begun or at least been offered to the patient within 62 days of an urgent GP referral.

verb To have not begun definitive therapy for cancer within 62 days (as required by government cancer targets).
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


Medical malpractice The failure or alleged failure on the part of a physician or other health care provider to exercise ordinary, reasonable, usual, or expected care, prudence, or skill–that would usually and customarily be exercised by other reputable physicians treating similar Pts–in performing a legally recognized duty, resulting in forseeable harm, injury or loss to another; negligence may be an act of omission–ie, unintentional, or commission–ie, intentional, characterized by inattention, recklessness, inadvertence, thoughtlessness, or wantonness. See Adverse event, Comparative negligence, Contributory negligence, Gross negligence, Malpractice, Wanton negligence, Willful negligence. Cf Recklessness.
Negligence, required elements  
Duty A recognized relationship between Pt and physician
Breach Failure of a medical practitioner to practice in accordance with standard of care
Proximate cause The plaintiff must show that injury is reasonably connected to physician's action
Damages Plaintiff must show that alleged loss or damage has a quantifiable value such that a monetary payment can be made APLM 1997; 121:252
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Fisher said it will be interesting to see if breached entities start reporting that they either didn't have a WISP or didn't comply with a program that was in place.
3d at 321 ("When a dependent covenant has been breached, the entire contract is virtually destroyed."); AVVA-BC, LLC, 25 So.
The cost stems from the cost in making contact with the person whose data has been breached [7].
* Provide bundled fraud protection and/or credit monitoring to individuals whose data has been breached.
"If they are breached, it becomes a criminal matter and an offender will be dealt with severely and can be sent to prison.
* The Episcopal Church in the United States is invited to express regret that the "bonds of affection" were breached after the election and consecration of openly-gay New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson.
One course of action these agencies can legitimately take to remove unwanted clients from their books, is to recommend that the client be breached for failing to comply with mutual obligation criteria.
While the number of this type of data breach decreased by three per cent, it made up 54 per cent of all breached records, which is an increase of 336 per cent from the previous year.
Multiple financial institutions said some breached locations were still leaking customer card data in early Spring.
The research had found that 63% distrust brands that have been breached. Most significantly, it found that consumer memory is anything but short.
"Being breached is not a question of 'if' but 'when.' Breach prevention and threat monitoring can only go so far and do not always keep the cyber criminals out Companies need to adopt a data<entric view of digital threats starting with better identity and access control techniques such as multi-factor authentication and the use of encryption and key management to secure sensitive data.
MORE than half of anti-social behaviour orders issued in the last 12 years have been breached at least once.