You’re a mountaineer, right?
Complex systems, from TV shows to hospitals, have plenty of checks and procedures, so why do things still go wrong?
Cyclone Oswald caused flooding that forced the evacuation of more than 100 patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane in January 2013.
Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
A more caring culture will save lives.
Seventeen years ago, the Department of Health berated the NHS for not learning lessons about patient safety. What's changed?
We can’t say whether introducing competition to the health sector would work in the same way as other markets.
Headlines pointed to the privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services, but the Productivity Commission's report is actually a lot less radical.
There’s much we can do to stop our junior doctors from feeling devalued, demoralised and depressed, like this junior doctor protesting in London earlier in 2016.
Junior doctors are often blamed when things go wrong in hospital. But are we placing too many demands on them?
Patient and doctor in hospital room.
Almost half of all needle sticks in a hospital may be unnecessary, a recent study shows. There's a way to be done with one, thus avoiding the pain of extra sticks.
Almost one-third (32%) of nurses and midwives are considering moving on.
Nurses and midwives are among society’s most highly valued professionals. But a disturbing national picture is emerging of escalating levels of over-work and burnout.
Medical student and child at Minnesota Indian Health alternative spring break experience.
Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
The sustainability of academic medical centers and the value of a liberal education have both been under attack. Both are essential and integrated components of our best U.S. institutions.
When doctors aren’t engaged, things can go tragically wrong.
Highly engaged doctors do much better on a wide range of important measures, from clinical performance, financial management and safety indicators to patient experience and overall quality standards.
Some regions have had rates of preventable hospital admissions 50% above the state average for more than a decade.
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People ending up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital is a warning sign of system failure.
Man in a hospital via Shutterstock.
Thousands of people acquire infections while hospitalized. Many are caused by urinary catheters, a routine part of a hospital stay. But cutting back on their usage can lower infection rates.
Health is the most important election issue for Australians aged over 50.
Health is always a key factor in deciding which way to vote. So what have the major parties promised in health? And what could these changes mean for consumers?
Bill Shorten visiting Townsville Hospital on Sunday.
Labor has pledged to spend $2 billion more than the Coalition on hospitals over four years and brought Bob Hawke into the election campaign.
Although the Coalition is largely associated with this issue, Labor first introduced the Medicare rebate freeze in 2013 as a ‘temporary’ measure.
Labor will lift the rebate freeze from 2017, while under the Coalition, GPs will be paid the same amount for delivering health services in 2020 as they were in 2014. So what does this mean for patients?
We need to think about the environment that allowed the error to occur.
In Australia, estimates suggest undesired harmful effects from medication or other intervention such as surgery occur in around 17% of hospital admissions. But blaming the doctors won't help.
Who needs to be in the ICU?
ICU image via www.shutterstock.com.
Limiting ICU beds is suggested as a way to cut down on overuse, but that assumes doctors always know which patients need to be there.
The solution is not necessarily more of the same, or more funding.
In a time of growing populations, hospitals must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget. So they need to change.
What are the most common reasons for going to hospital? What can go wrong? What's behind the state-Commonwealth funding fight? Our at-a-glance infographic has the answers.
One element of emergency departments (EDs) which can cause frustration is the triage assessment.
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Whether it's an emergency or a planned admission, going to hospital can be anxiety inducing – not knowing where you're heading or who will be looking after you. Here's a cheat sheet to guide you.
More people are going to A&E.
Hospitals in England anticipate a £2.3 billion deficit by the end of the financial year. That won't leave much in the kitty for the proposed NHS upgrade.