It is my pleasure to welcome you to this issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué. We will reflect on two cases where pressured discharge planning sadly preceded tragic outcomes.
Welcome to 2018 which looks like it will be busier than last year for the whole aged care sector. This first issue of the year focuses on falls and is the third time in 10-years that we have addressed this perennial concern. The risk of falls confronts every older person, in every aged care facility, in every country. Despite some gains in prevention, and better post-fall management, the harm from falls remains a major cause of injury and injury-related deaths in older persons and residents.
Residential Aged Care Communiqué Download PDF: RAC Communique May 2015 In this edition Editorial Case #1 – A little conversation Case #2 – Time for dinner Resident-to-resident aggression: A systematic review Case #3: Help us The experience of witnesses called by the Coroners Court Clinical Commentary #1: A holistic approach: safety for all requires training, advocacy and […]
In this issue of the RAC Communiqué we examine three cases involving falls. It has been some time since we addressed this topic. We also thank the hundreds of subscribers who completed the survey evaluating the RAC Communiqué. We also feature a short story on the findings from our systematic review of medico-legal deaths in nursing homes that was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.
This Residential Aged Care Communiqué case study looks at the increased clinical risks and the need for heightened levels of supervision when a patient is moved to a different location or when there is a change in the staff providing care to the patient. We also examine the practice of using bedrails for preventing falls.