28
Oct 16

Doing more with less: balancing patient care with hospital targets

“Public hospitals are facing a growing funding crisis. This crisis is not generated by hospitals themselves, rather, it is a crisis created by the political process, and political and budgetary decisions.” This year’s Australian Medical Association (AMA) Public Hospital Report Card is damning of health funding cuts and the subsequent effects on emergency department waiting … Continue reading Doing more with less: balancing patient care with hospital targets

03
May 16

How can hospital staff deal with violent patients?

Concerns over the safety of hospital staff and their patients are growing as rapidly as the healthcare sector is booming. Hospitals are now more accessible than ever before, consequently causing a spark in drug and alcohol-related violence. These instances have ultimately tarnished the ‘safe-haven’ nature of hospitals, and solutions to improve hospital security beyond the … Continue reading How can hospital staff deal with violent patients?

15
Apr 16

Canadian case study: “We are healthcare workers who happen to do protection”

The vast majority of incidents of aggression within our hospitals are a symptom of the person’s mental health and/or addiction issue(s). These people are sick. They come to our facilities for help, to heal and to get better. It’s our job, to the best of our abilities, to provide care. It’s also our job – … Continue reading Canadian case study: “We are healthcare workers who happen to do protection”

13
Oct 15

Masterplanning Hospitals or “Cool for Cats” – how our domestic lives can inform the bigger picture

Why is it that the criteria we employ in making a professional judgement can diverge so far from the values we use to make decisions in our private domestic life? For example, when we are choosing a place to live we generally rate comfort, well-being control and independence very highly. In fact we go further … Continue reading Masterplanning Hospitals or “Cool for Cats” – how our domestic lives can inform the bigger picture

15
Sep 15

Improving Hospital Admission Rates through Better GP Advice

A new study conducted by the Medical Journal of Australia has highlighted that one in four older hospital patients could have avoided admission if their GP had better managed their health risks. As much as $300 million is being spent treating elderly patients who have been prescribed the wrong medication or treatment. For example, more … Continue reading Improving Hospital Admission Rates through Better GP Advice

05
Aug 15

IT & Patient Safety: Let’s Get (Re)Started!

One of the most important drivers to implement EHRs is to make care safer. Early trials showed impressive reduction in adverse drug events with CPOE that uses decision support to identify problems with entered orders during the ordering session. There was a 55% reduction in serious adverse drug events with CPOE compared to orders written without CPOE. Other studies using … Continue reading IT & Patient Safety: Let’s Get (Re)Started!

09
Jul 15

Barriers Still Exist to Implementing Electronic Medication Management

The Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs (ERRCD) system is on its way, with NSW set to be the next state to adopt Tasmania’s system. Designed to reduce the number of avoidable deaths from prescription drug overdoses and eliminate inappropriate use of addictive medications, the system has been welcomed with a degree of caution. … Continue reading Barriers Still Exist to Implementing Electronic Medication Management

27
Apr 15

Are Clinical Students Fit and Ready to Work?

An article released in April 2015 for Aged Care Insights has unearthed concerns about standards of nursing students graduating from UNSW and ACU. It highlighted that in fact, this lack of work readiness is posing a potential risk to public safety.  Two former senior nursing academics expressed serious concerns about the standards of nurses graduating … Continue reading Are Clinical Students Fit and Ready to Work?