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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs
1 MAY, 2014 Surgeons who own clinics they operate in Day surgeries with high turn over Children and anaesthetics Conflict of interest between business profits and clinical safety In an Australian private day clinic, patients were being pushed through theatre, late...
1 MAY, 2014 Lack of honesty about end of life Profits put before patients outcomes Intensive Care death A conflict of interest between large profits from performing acute surgery and patients with end of life conditions, can lead to terrible outcomes. An elderly man...
20 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Medication non compliance Preventable readmissions Charbots and Avatars Peak15 is a Melbourne-based digital health reform group. They run monthly events on meetup, bringing together tech entrepreneurs, health professionals, community groups and...
21 JULY, 2017 Emergency Departments Bed management Health startups I'd like to introduce Paul Rylands from JKM care solutions. Paul, you've developed a wonderful tool to help doctors give their patients the care that they need to help hospitals manage their workload...
23 FEBRUARY 2017 Intensive Care Research New models of care Last night Peak 15 held their first meetup for 2017 at the Alfred Medical Education and Research Precinct. The topic was The Bits ‘n’ Bytes of IntensiveCare: Data That Matters! The first speaker was David...
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Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting nursing staff in critical areas like Recovery.
Bad discharge planning and poor patient education is often linked to unnecessary emergency department readmission.
Sometimes keeping people comfortable and dignified, is better than aggressive medical intervention that has a small chance of success.
This women presented with an exacerbation of multiple sclerosis, to the nearest Emergency. She was left for 12 hours in pain, with no plan and no review.
What are homeless, psychiatric patients doing in Intensive Care beds? Some road trauma patients are really psych patients left without community services.
Stroke patients should never miss out on essential treatments, because of mix ups in busy Emergency departments. We need better monitoring systems.
Delayed treatment for a broken limb can lead to unnecessary complications.
Statistics indicating major trends
- Percent of patients admitted to Emergency with a mental health issue who had previously been admitted to hospital in the past year – Australia 25%
- Percent of the Intensive Care budget in a UK hospital spent on patients admitted for illegal drug abuse over one year 10%
- Percent of trauma patients who tested positive for alcohol and or illegal drugs in a Norwegian study 39%
- Percent of people with a severe mental illness who also have a substance abuse problem – USA 50%
- What percent of patients are responsible for 20% of the USA health budget? 1%
- What percent of patients are responsible for 50% of total USA health costs? 5%
A brief summary
Major problems to avoid
- Critical care services are the most expensive areas of health care. Yet many patients in acute beds have chronic conditions that can’t be successfully treated by short term and aggressive medical treatments.
- Lack of end of life planning, over focus on hospitals, lack of chronic care funding and an industry-wide refusal to accept innovation all contribute to this problem.
- Overcrowding in Emergency Departments is placing pressure on critical care staff and leading to errors and poor outcomes.
- The current health model is unsustainable.
Positive things to seek out
- The Internet of Things is revolutionizing chronic disease management. People can now monitor their conditions in a far more accurate manner, in their own home.
- Gamification can increase treatment compliance and make chronic disease management a more enjoyable experience.
- Software using Artificial Intelligence can bring continuous monitoring to critical care services, and help stop errors being caused by stressed staff.