Welcome to the April edition of the Future Leaders Communiqué. As return readers will know, each edition of the Future Leaders Communiqué presents cases of preventable health care-related deaths and explores the systemic issues and errors identified in the ensuing coronial investigations. All junior medical officers (JMOs) working in a hospital setting will relate to these issues – I’m sure we can all recount a ‘near-miss’ situation that has stuck with us and informed our day-to-day work.
Welcome to the final edition of the Clinical Communiqué for 2018. We finish this year with a double edition, drawing attention to the important lessons covered through the year, and featuring three cases on the theme of doctor-patient communication. We wrap-up our extended edition with a special commentary by a renowned clinician and writer.
Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué. In this issue, we will be exploring how difficulties in recognising and communicating abnormal results from laboratory and imaging investigations leads to significant patient harm.
Welcome to the sixth issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué. Our guest editor for this issue is Dr Joey Lam; a doctor undertaking physician training in rural and regional Victoria. Originally trained as a physiotherapist in acute aged care and rehabilitative medicine, Joey continues to dedicate her career to learning and exploring ways to deliver better health outcomes and care for older people.
Welcome to the final issue of the RACC for 2017. It has been an amazingly busy year with residential aged care often being in the news. This is a mixed blessing as it highlights the dedication of staff and the need for change, but it also creates an atmosphere of fear and dread for those older residents and their families.
Welcome to the September edition of the Clinical Communiqué. This edition marks three years and a dozen publications since the launch of our series. Over that time, we have looked at many themes central for improving safe and timely care to patients, including the importance of recognising the deteriorating patient, teamwork and communication, and effective decision-making. Medications represent another area where safety issues such as prescribing practices and modes of medication delivery are critical in many cases of avoidable patient deaths.
Welcome to the fourth issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué, our sister publication to the Clinical Communiqué and the Residential Aged Care Communiqué. Since the launch of this version with junior practitioner inspired content, the response has been fantastic, with feedback telling us how well the issues are resonating with our recently graduated colleagues.
Welcome to the third issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué and the second for 2017. Our guest editor for this issue is Dr Kate Hurley who is in her fourth post-graduate year working at a large metropolitan hospital as a physician trainee. Kate completed this issue while living in Liverpool, United Kingdom and undertaking a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Prior to her time in the United Kingdom, Kate also spent a year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she conducted research in global health. Her broad interests include general medicine, infectious diseases and palliative care.
Leg ulcers are one of the more challenging clinical problems that confront health professionals in Nursing Homes (NH) as well as in hospitals. Clinicians are often presented with difficult-to-heal chronic wounds of unclear aetiology. In order to ensure timely healing outcomes, it is important to establish the cause of ulceration and assess for other contributing factors before embarking on treatment. The aim of treatment is to correct the underlying cause and optimise the state of the wound bed.
Our guest editor for this issue is Dr Hannah Cross who has just completed her second post-graduate year at a large metropolitan hospital and will commence the psychiatry training program this year. Dr Cross has a background in law and a key interest in psychiatry, ethics and forensic medicine. She writes a powerful reflective editorial about her own experiences around the issue of missed diagnoses and the dangers of making assumptions.