It's one thing to make it the a hospital when you have a broken leg. It's quite another getting to theatre so it can be fixed.
Getting to an Emergency Department when you are sick, can just be the beginning of your journey.
67% of Australian adults are overweight and one in four adults in Australia are obese. Evidence of increased infection post surgery for obese patients is widespread, between 5% - 60% increased risks.
The cost of a psychiatric bed is a hundred dollars a day. The cost of an Intensive Care bed is five thousands dollars a day. So why are so many psychiatric patients ending up in Intensive Care beds?
This woman was left waiting for 12 hours in a chaotic Emergency Department. All she needed was a medical review, a short course of IV steroids and assistance going to the toilet.
The majority of avoidable patient deaths stem from an accumulation of small errors that were not acknowledged, or fixed. Miscommunications are a leading cause of serious medical errors.
Healthcare is not like the building industry. There are no national regulations covering standards of care. The result is that surgical procedures to drug doses can vary widely.
Secretive bureaucrats withhold information about errors occuring in nursing homes. And lazy politicians regurgitate emotional cliches about caring for the elderly. Meanwhile, bad staff slip through the cracks and the vulnerable suffer.