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Abuse is more common that most people realise. Aged care training courses are paid to accept AND pass students, no matter how unsuitable they are. The health bureaucracy blocks complaints and hides information on reported errors. The victims are elderly and frail patients.
At a recent Peak15 meetup, aged care providers showed more interest in quality of life for their elderly clients than trendy technology. They also passion for their work and a commitment for ongoing reform.
This article is a tribute to Sally Crossing. She was a tireless advocate for cancer patients, and lobbied for greater accountability of the health industry.
Aged care problems and startup solutions were discussed at the latest Peak15 meetup.
Rheumatic heart disease is a deadly yet easily preventable disease.
A severe infection after cardiac surgery was ignored. Sutures were incorrectly removed. The private patient was left with the bill.
Drugs with well known side effects are still being given to young women, who are trying to fall pregnant.
Modern day death is an intersection of powerful forces. Money obsessed hospitals. Religious lobby groups. Fearful politicians. And an ageing population.
87% of relatives support the use of closed circuit tv in nursing homes. We all need to face the issues of elder abuse, and seek out solutions.
Small hospitals and chemotherapy protocols don’t always mix well. Unqualified nursing staff and a lack of medical standards can lead to problems.
An elderly man was admitted to a private nursing home. One month later he was dead. After five years of investigations, no one has been held accountable.
Stroke patients should never miss out on essential treatments, because of mix ups in busy Emergency departments. We need better monitoring systems.
Some heart attacks are a long time coming. Uncoordinated paper medical records, family history ignored and ignored medical advice can be deadly.
Statistics indicating major trends
- What percent of older people have been found by a USA study to be taking at least 1 unnecessary medication? 50%
- What percent of people dying in the USA have diabetes listed as the underlying cause of death? 14%
- What percent of all stroke survivors are left unable to walk independently? 22..5%
- Approximately what percent of delirium (severe confusion) occurs in surgical patients over the age of 65? 30%
- What percent of people with persistent hypertension are not taking their prescribed medications? USA 20%
A brief summary
Major problems to avoid
- Managing medications is the number one issue for medical patients. Non compliance and over servicing waste money and cost lives.
- Rehabilitation after major events like stroke and heart attacks is often delayed, not completed or never even attempted.
- Despite elderly people forming the majority of hospital patients and suffering from unique issues, there are few aged care specific hospital programs in place.
Positive things to seek out
- Platform as a Service offers easy to use, off-site medical, allied health and rehabilitation services, that would otherwise not be affordable or available.
- Money and research is going into medication compliance, and this problem will improve as a result.
- Public campaigns like ‘Choosing Wisely’ are raising awareness among Doctors of the need to avoid over servicing.