Residential Aged Care Coronial Communique

The June Residential Aged Care Communiqué is out. This is a great resource that highlights selected cases that have been reported to the State Coroner’s Office that may interest the Aged Care Community.

You can subscribe by email at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine with the communiqué becoming available online much later. The download is below as it is not yet available on the website.

This issue looks at deaths arising from two commonly used and we would think benign pieces of equipment. A urinary catheter and a hot water bottle. There are many contributing factors all being the usual suspects. Communication, following policy and protocols and training amongst others.

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Telegrams and Dispensing Schedule 4 Drugs in Emergency Cases

In most Poison’s and Pharmacy Acts and Regulations in Australia there is the ability to give an emergency supply of medication. Within pharmacy it is usually a three day emergency supply. However should the prescriber contact you you can supply and the prescriber must supply a prescription shortly after.

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Here is the relevant regulation within the Western Australia’s Poisons Regulations

POISONS REGULATIONS 1965 – REG 38
38 . Dispensing poisons included in Schedule 4 in emergency cases

Where a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, dentist or veterinary surgeon in a case of emergency orally or by telephone or telegram directs the dispensing of a poison included in Schedule 4, he shall forthwith write a prescription complying with the conditions prescribed in regulation 37, mark such prescription to show that it has been given as a confirmation of instructions given by him orally or by telephone or telegram, and despatch such prescription within 24 hours to the person to whom the instructions were given.

[Regulation 38 amended in Gazette 19 Mar 1996 p. 1222; amended by Act No. 9 of 2003 s. 46.]

Now I was going to make a smart alec remark about receiving an old fashioned telegram to urgently dispense a medication. A telegram in the 21st Century? Yeah Right. But it seems they have a niche market. Australia Post still provides a telegram service. I like how you can organise the telegram by phone or over the internet.

When it’s special, send a TELeGRAM. Some messages are too important for a phone call and too special for email.

That’s how Australia Post markets it. But it goes on.

The TELeGRAM combines new age demands with old world charm to offer you a quick, convenient way to send a message that matters.

Create your messages on-line, select from a range of images, and we print and post a hard copy of your special message to any delivery point within Australia.

I love it. I want a doctor to send their local pharmacist a drug order by telegram. And I want a camera there to see the response. I wonder if singing telegrams or gorilla-grams are also legitimate ways for ordering medications in an emergency.

Residential Aged Care Coronial Communique

The February Residential Aged Care Communiqué is out. This is a great resource that highlights selected cases that have been reported to the State Coroner’s Office that may interest the Aged Care Community.

You can subscribe by email at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine with the communiqué becoming available online much later. The download is below as it is not yet available on the website.

This issue looks at a couple of patient emergencies that resulted in death.

The two cases presented illustrate dramatic differences in teamwork during an emergency response. However, both cases highlight the need for practical “hands-on” training for staff to ensure protocols and procedures are put into action when the need arises. The second case is an excellent example of how a high functioning team improves their practice after the death of a resident.

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Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service

I have contemplated for a while about having an occasional post written by an Aboriginal Health Service member describing the type of service they offer and why it is so important in their area. But that, if it happens is somewhere in the future.

However I have discovered this slide show showing what Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Canberra provides and also lists their hopes for the future.


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