Here is the second edition for 2011 of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué. 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.
This edition looks at the appropriate use and maintenance of motorised scooters or wheelchairs and their use in aged care facilities.
The challenge is overcoming our complacency. Our focus is on the resident not the equipment and wheelchairs are so commonplace that we forget about regular maintenance or if we do remember, we think that “someone else is looking after that”.
You can subscribe by email at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine with the communiqué becoming available online much later.
The Residential Aged Care Coronial Communiqué highlights selected cases that have been reported to the State Coroner’s Office and are of interest to the Aged Care Community. The aims of the Communiqué are:
• To improve the awareness of clinicians, health workers, carers and those in positions of governance about adverse events resulting from systems failures. Lessons from past cases can then be applied to their own institutions.
• To improve residential aged care workers’ understanding of the coronial system and the work performed by the Clinical Liaison Service.