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NATIONAL SAFETY NEWS Second Annual Safety Report Launched Super Effort for Sarcoma The 2nd Annual Safety Report by the National Safety Team will be distributed to all facilities in the next month and is available on the A team of Hollywood Professor David Wood, who treated safety and workers compensation intranet page. orthopaedic specialists and Abbie at Hollywood Private Hospital exercise scientists took part while she was ill, says that with the Ramsay finalist in money for Sock it to Sarcoma! a real impact can be made.joint efforts of cyclists and donors,in a major cycling event to raise safety awards The Hollywood team participated “Funds raised by the Sock it toSarcoma! group will go to towardsfunding PhD scholarships andand the important research thatthe organisation wants to pursue. in the SunSuper Ride to Conquer Cancer under research efforts in sarcoma,” said Professor Wood. the banner of ‘Sock it to Sarcoma!’ – the charitable “The team has raised over $70,000 in sponsorship for fundraising campaign established by the family this event. This, together with other funds raised through of Abbie Basson, who passed away from Ewing’s the Sock it to Sarcoma! campaign will support a 3-year Sarcoma in 2011. doctoral research scholarship starting next year.” Ramsay Joins Up with Rotary Ramsay Health Care has developed a new relationship with Rotary which will enable end-of- Pictured: The National Safety Team with Sue Peters (who was responsible for the original RHC Safety life goods such as hospital furniture and medical Management System) at the event. equipment to be sent to developing countries. In October 2012 Ramsay was selected as a finalist in the National Two containers of goods including gowns, Safety Council of Australia Safety Awards of Excellence in the category humidicribs, blanket warmers and a range of of Category 1: Best Implementation of an OHS Management System. unwanted consumables were sent to Fiji for use in This being the 20th annual award year for NSCA, this year’s event hospitals there at the end of November. saw 149 entries against the normal 40. The good have been gratefully received by National Safety Manager Chanelle McEnallay said this was the doctors and staff alike in Fiji where they said the premier and most prestigious award campaign in Australia for safety equipment will make their work easier and the and being nominated as a finalist was a wonderful achievement for a patients will benefit. company as complex and large as Ramsay. This will the start of what is hoped to be a fruitful Photo: Ramsay relationship between Ramsay Health Care Rotary. Health Care goods being received in Fiji Safe Work Week Pindara Assists with start-up of first cardiac lab in Fiji Pindara Private Hospital has provided vital Hospital radiographer, John Wilkinson, volunteered equipment to assist Gold Coast cardiologist Dr Vijay and joined Adri Coetzee, Dr Kapadia’s nurse, on Kapadia to successfully establish the first and only numerous trips to Fiji between 2009 and 2011, to cardiac catherisation laboratory in Fiji. train local staff for the laboratory. Photo: Kareena Private Stores staff get into the Safe Work Week spirit L to R : Kyle Eather, Craig Timms, Dr Kapadia’s project commenced 12 years Today the cardiac catherisation laboratory is Sione Masmia, Sean Bradbury ago, with the procurement of a pre-loved Cardiac fully operational and self sufficient. Dr Kapadia’s Kareena Private Hospital’s Safety Committee ran a series of Catheterisation laboratory that had served its commitment to staff training has produced an safety themed events during National Safe Work Week to encourage industry-standard 10-year lifespan, from a hospital indigenous team that not only performs lifesaving safe work practices. in Sydney. procedures but also is diagnostically advanced Themes for the week included Electrical & Fire Safety, Manual Rotary provided the financial backing and Dr enough to identify cases not suitable for stenting. Handling & Slips, Trips and Falls, and Fluoro Friday. Kapadia dismantled and containerised the lab and These patients are sent to India for open heart Staff participated in safety quizzes, PPE fashion parades and relocated it to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in surgery through a government funded program. healthy lunches. Suva, Fiji. John Wilkinson said Dr Kapadia’s cardiac An operational cardiac catherisation laboratory catherisation laboratory is a lifesaver for Fijians. required equipment, consumables and trained staff “Prior to its installation there were no National Safety Standards – with the skills to run the laboratory. interventional cardiac facilities in Fiji,” John said.“Doctors would simply diagnose a patient withPindara Private Hospital stepped in and together 1 January Start Date monitors, eight lead-coats/aprons for radiation patients would die. affairs in order – as 99.9% oftheirgetandterminally ill heart disease and advise them to gohomewith other organisations provided vital equipmentincluding an anaesthetic machine and six ECG In September 2011, health ministers endorsed the 10 National Safety safety and a host of consumables such as catheters, “Locals could travel aboard to receive heat & Quality Health Standards (NSQHS) which forms the national safety contrast dye and sterile disposable gloves, masks surgery but the $20,000 cost was prohibitive - the and quality accreditation scheme for health services in Australia. and scrubs to supply a fully operational cardiac average adult wage in Fiji equates to around $3000 National accreditation under this scheme will commence on 1 January catheterisation laboratory. per annum.” 2013. All State Health Departments have agreed that all hospitals, Dr Kapadia’s next step was to train local staff John is proud of his volunteer experience and the day procedure services and public dental practices are required to be and in 2004 he began canvassing for a nurse and amazing achievements of Dr Kapadia’s project which accredited to the 10 National Safety & Quality Standards which include: radiographer to help train the locals. Pindara Private is prolonging life for many Fijians. 1. Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Services Organisations 2. Partnering with Consumers Pindara Cardiologist Dr Vijay Kapadia pictured second from left back row and Dr John Wilkinson pictured third from right back row. 3. Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associate Infections 4. Medication Safety 5. Patient Identification & Procedure Matching 6. Clinical Handover 7. Blood and Blood Products 8. Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries 9. Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care 10. Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls Ramsay Clinical Governance Manager Glenna Parker said over the last two years, Ramsay had been undertaking preparatory work required to meet this transition. “All of our facilities have either undertaken an external review or have conducted their own internal gap analysis,” Glenna said. “As many RHC facilities undergo their first accreditation under the new standards throughout 2013 GCGU will continue to provide leadership, advice and support. “Accreditation is an important driver of safety and quality improvement. In addition, it is also required to meet legislative and regulatory requirements for licensing and funding arrangements.” 12 TRW SPRING 2012


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