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50% of Canberra Hospital surgical patients at significant risk?

By johnboy - 22 August 2012 9

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is doing a fine job of putting the frighteners up us this morning on standards compliance at the Canberra Hospital:

ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said today that an internal audit of the Canberra Hospital’s compliance with the Surgical Safety Checklist has identified appalling levels of non-compliance that has put approximately 50 per cent of surgical patients at ‘significant risk.’

“Following audits that found only 52 percent of surgical safety checklists were completed, the Executive Director of the Quality and Safety Unit at the Hospital warned that ‘this is a significant risk for surgical patients and the organisation,’” Mr Hanson said today.

Better get someone onto “fixing” those numbers eh?

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50% of Canberra Hospital surgical patients at significant risk?
kakosi 3:21 pm 22 Aug 12

dpm said :

kakosi said :

dpm said :

kakosi said :

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

Hahaha! Yes, especially when there is a sign requesting they don’t do that! My guess is they are protecting their clothes/shoes from wear and tear in the staff cafe! Hahahaha!

If they are then going back into a sterile area it stops being very funny. Might explain the high rate of infection at the hospital.

kakosi said :

dpm said :

kakosi said :

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

Hahaha! Yes, especially when there is a sign requesting they don’t do that! My guess is they are protecting their clothes/shoes from wear and tear in the staff cafe! Hahahaha!

If they are then going back into a sterile area it stops being very funny. Might explain the high rate of infection at the hospital.

Probably not, considering TCH has a lower than average rate of SA infections (the indicator for hospital-acquired infections)
http://www.myhospitals.gov.au/hospital/the-canberra-hospital/safety-and-quality/sab
( http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-hospitals-resist-staph-20111027-1wo5a.html )

Interesting though, as they have a crappier hand hygiene rating:
http://www.myhospitals.gov.au/hospital/the-canberra-hospital/safety-and-quality/hand-hygiene
( http://the-riotact.com/hand-hygiene-at-canberra-hospital-gets-a-failing-grade/67121 )

So, other than it looking silly (IMO), I don’t think it’s a hygiene issue for pts.

I have witnessed nurses and doctors place items to be taken in to a hospital room onto a clinical waste bin lid (this is the waste bin outside an “infectious patient” isolation room). When I questioned the practice one nurse said “the lid’s not contaminated”.

So I guess it also depends entirely on how they report cases of infection.

Thumper 2:00 pm 22 Aug 12

johnboy said :

For God’s Sake Thumper!

If people start doing that sort of work for free how will our most senior bureaucrats be able to command six figure salaries?

Have you no care for the economy of Southern France???

Oh yeah, sorry about that…

dpm 1:48 pm 22 Aug 12

kakosi said :

dpm said :

kakosi said :

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

Hahaha! Yes, especially when there is a sign requesting they don’t do that! My guess is they are protecting their clothes/shoes from wear and tear in the staff cafe! Hahahaha!

If they are then going back into a sterile area it stops being very funny. Might explain the high rate of infection at the hospital.

kakosi said :

dpm said :

kakosi said :

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

Hahaha! Yes, especially when there is a sign requesting they don’t do that! My guess is they are protecting their clothes/shoes from wear and tear in the staff cafe! Hahahaha!

If they are then going back into a sterile area it stops being very funny. Might explain the high rate of infection at the hospital.

Probably not, considering TCH has a lower than average rate of SA infections (the indicator for hospital-acquired infections)
http://www.myhospitals.gov.au/hospital/the-canberra-hospital/safety-and-quality/sab
( http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-hospitals-resist-staph-20111027-1wo5a.html )

Interesting though, as they have a crappier hand hygiene rating:
http://www.myhospitals.gov.au/hospital/the-canberra-hospital/safety-and-quality/hand-hygiene
( http://the-riotact.com/hand-hygiene-at-canberra-hospital-gets-a-failing-grade/67121 )

So, other than it looking silly (IMO), I don’t think it’s a hygiene issue for pts.

johnboy 1:43 pm 22 Aug 12

For God’s Sake Thumper!

If people start doing that sort of work for free how will our most senior bureaucrats be able to command six figure salaries?

Have you no care for the economy of Southern France???

Thumper 1:40 pm 22 Aug 12

ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said today that an internal audit of the Canberra Hospital’s compliance with the Surgical Safety Checklist has identified absolutely no levels of non-compliance that has put approximately 0 per cent of surgical patients at ‘significant risk.’

Fixed it for you.

Nothing to see here.

kakosi 1:32 pm 22 Aug 12

dpm said :

kakosi said :

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

Hahaha! Yes, especially when there is a sign requesting they don’t do that! My guess is they are protecting their clothes/shoes from wear and tear in the staff cafe! Hahahaha!

If they are then going back into a sterile area it stops being very funny. Might explain the high rate of infection at the hospital.

dpm 12:55 pm 22 Aug 12

kakosi said :

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

Hahaha! Yes, especially when there is a sign requesting they don’t do that! My guess is they are protecting their clothes/shoes from wear and tear in the staff cafe! Hahahaha!

kakosi 12:49 pm 22 Aug 12

One has to wonder why you see doctors and other staff wandering outside and in the cafeteria still dressed in surgical gowns, hats and booties.

bundah 11:34 am 22 Aug 12

Well we’ll need to bring Kate Jackson back as a consultant to finish the job she started!

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