Welcome to the April 2018 issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué. In this issue, we will review the coronial inquest into the death of a woman shortly after her attendance at a small rural hospital. The doctor presiding over this patient’s care was a junior doctor who was operating in an under-resourced and under-supported environment. This is not an uncommon experience for junior doctors, so we have decided to explore this area further in this issue.
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.