Every day, all over Australia patients that have been treated in Emergency Departments (ED's) and need admitting to hospital are moved out into ED corridors because there are no ward beds available. Nationally, emergency department waiting times are steadily rising. A recent report (pdf) released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that … Continue reading Emergency department overcrowding. Why is my bed in a corridor?
William is a 68 year old man who has just died in hospital. He could be your friend. He could be your spouse. He could be a close family member. This is the story of what will happen to William next. Immediately after William has died. William's death might be expected: he has been receiving … Continue reading What happens after you die in hospital?
The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority VMIA is doing some good work to explore ways of improving patient safety and the quality of health systems by promoting a culture of listening to patients and giving them a voice improving service delivery. This is a short video (part of a suite called In Their Shoes) aimed at … Continue reading It could be me.
Sometimes your medical condition may necessitate the passing of a urinary catheter. This may be due to some mechanical problem passing urine (urinary retention) or, post surgery, or in order to carefully measure your hourly urine output, an important physiological indicator if you are really unwell. If you have never had one before the very … Continue reading What you will experience if you are having a urinary catheter placed (Male).
How come I have been waiting to be seen in the Emergency Department for 2 hours, and that lady walks in and goes straight through? That is just not fair.Everybody understands what a queue is. And it seems like a fair and reasonable way to be seen. After all, it works for banks, and GP … Continue reading So whats the deal with Emergency Department Triage?