“The findings of the report with an overall 30% growth in incident reporting suggest that there is a real culture change occurring, where staff are more willing to report problems with confidence they will be addressed,” he said.Qld Health press release.
“We can’t fix what we don’t know about.
“It is part of changing the culture of Queensland Health to one which seeks to learn
about and fix problems
“Of the total 46,990 clinical incidents reported by QH staff in 2006-7, 23% (10,800)resulted in actual patient harm.
“The majority (77%) concerned circumstances where patient harm did not occur,” he
Forty-six thousand nine hundred and ninety. 46,990.
The drive radio announcer interviewed someone (sorry, can't remember who), and the interview had me shouting at the radio. The interviewee actually said "Well, with the number of procedures and so on, this number is quite small, and the number of cases were actual harm was done is really small compared to the number of cases dealth with in the system."
Could I just say it may be a small percentage of total cases processing through the system, however, if you are a person affected adversely by a "mistake" in the system it's not a small percentage, it's 100%.
A new report shows Queensland Health staff reported almost 47,000 cases of patient harm and "near misses' in the 2006-07 financial year.
The study shows 10,800 reported "clinical incidents" involving patient harm, while more than 100 patients died or were seriously injured. more from ABC
More from Courier Mail.
We do have a great health system in Australia, it exists and it does try to take care of everyone. It's failing. It needs more money, however this creates problems when the "cha-ching" factor causes all the costs to rise when another injection of funds occurs.
I really don't have the answers. But I know the system could be better.
And I know that in Australia we are very lucky to have a system where anyone can go to hospital and be taken care of.