This edition is unapologetically different. Looking after our patients and improving the ways in which we keep them safe is only one side of the story. The other side is looking after ourselves. As healthcare professionals, our behaviour is not infallible and our health is not immune to the physical and mental illnesses that afflict those we treat. At times, we are all patients as well.
Welcome to the second edition of the year, one that features a new editor and a single RACC theme that despite its existence, is one that is seldom talked about. Our guest editor is Briony Jain (nee Murphy) who recently completed her PhD on suicide in residential aged care services. In this edition, we draw on two coronial cases – one from Australia and another from Canada, that highlight this complex and troubling theme.
This report is the culmination of an in-depth analysis of injury-related deaths of residents living in accredited Australian RACS. The seven topics of focus comprised: choking; medication; physical restraint; resident-to-resident aggression (RRA); respite; suicide; and unexplained absence.