46 episodes

Welcome to The Communiqués Podcasts. Our podcasts present cases of preventable deaths that occur in health and aged care settings. We explore 1) What happened? 2) Why did it happen? 3) What action can we take to prevent it from happening again? The cases are the accounts from completed medico-legal death investigations of the Coroners Courts, and our team of senior medical and nursing practitioners present this information to meet the needs of clinicians. The Clinical Communiqué focusses on acute care, the Future Leaders Communiqué designed for recent health graduates, and the Residential Aged Care Communiqué examines care in nursing homes. Visit our website at https://www.thecommuniques.com/.

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Welcome to The Communiqués Podcasts. Our podcasts present cases of preventable deaths that occur in health and aged care settings. We explore 1) What happened? 2) Why did it happen? 3) What action can we take to prevent it from happening again? The cases are the accounts from completed medico-legal death investigations of the Coroners Courts, and our team of senior medical and nursing practitioners present this information to meet the needs of clinicians. The Clinical Communiqué focusses on acute care, the Future Leaders Communiqué designed for recent health graduates, and the Residential Aged Care Communiqué examines care in nursing homes. Visit our website at https://www.thecommuniques.com/.

    RACC Episode 18 Podcast: Supervision and timeliness of care

    RACC Episode 18 Podcast: Supervision and timeliness of care

    Welcome to Episode Eighteen of our podcast series. This features material from our November 2023 print edition of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué. This podcast presents the lessons to be learned by examining pre-existing circumstances that contributed to two patients’ falls that caused their deaths. A common underlying factor was timeliness of care.

    Episode Contents

    00:45 Editorial06:22 Case #1 A fatal fall unwitnessed and unchecked19:41 Case #2 Solving one problem creates another27:58 Reflections of senior nurses

    • 33 min
    RACC Podcast Episode 17: Diabetes mellitus

    RACC Podcast Episode 17: Diabetes mellitus

    Welcome to Episode Seventeen of our podcast series. This features material from our August 2023 print edition of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué. This podcast presents the lessons to be learned from the premature deaths of residents due to suboptimal management of diabetes mellitus.
    Episode Contents
    01:10 Editorial03:51 Case #1 I am fine14:34 Case #2 An old drug and a known complication21:41 Reflections of senior nurses24:04 Commentary: Views of a Diabetes Educator32:31 Commentary: The Contribution of Pharmacists to the Management of Diabetes in the Aged Care Setting

    • 43 min
    RACC Podcast Episode 16: Wheelchair Fall

    RACC Podcast Episode 16: Wheelchair Fall

    This podcast episode presents the results of the investigation into the premature death of a resident who had a fall from a runaway wheelchair. The three commentaries draw on clinical and research experts to address how to balance improving mobility with a wheelchair while mitigating potential harm. We also welcome a new narrator Ashleigh Redmond who is a practising registered nurse and actor. 

    This is Episode Sixteen of our podcast series and features material from our May 2023 print edition of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué.

    Episode Contents

    01:22 Editorial05:15 Case A fatal downhill slope15:11 Commentary: Falls of wheelchair users: what do we know?19:18 Commentary: Call an OT26:00 Commentary: Looking deeper27:49 Reflections of senior nurses

    • 30 min
    CC Podcast Episode #12: Extubation Crisis

    CC Podcast Episode #12: Extubation Crisis

    In this episode we feature two cases of worsening upper airway swelling leading to fatal airway obstruction following routine extubation of patients after surgery. Despite many advances in airway management, extubation-related incidents have not reduced. The cases highlight the actions leading to the loss of airway protection, a failure to recognise the severity of the situation, and an inability to salvage the situation.

    We also welcome a new narrator Ashleigh Redmond who is a practising registered nurse and actor. This is Episode Twelve of our podcast series and features material from our June 2023 print edition of the Clinical Communiqué.

    Episode Contents
    01:48 Editorial by Associate Professor Nicola Cunningham06:15 Case #1: A fatal toothache by Suzanne Doherty19:54 Case #2: Pulling teeth and tubes - a cautionary tale by Dr Jack D'Arcy36:28 Expert Commentary by Dr Louise Ellard: Extubation: An assessment of risk and strategy

    • 45 min
    Residential Aged Care Communiqué Episode #15: Unexplained absence

    Residential Aged Care Communiqué Episode #15: Unexplained absence

    Escaping, absconding, unexplained absences lead to death. The investigation into a resident’s unexplained absence determined the cause of death as hypothermia secondary to becoming lost in surrounding bushlands. The inquest findings are presented along with expert commentary around how to prevent unexplained absences.
    This is Episode Fifteen of our podcast series and features material from our February 2023 print edition of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué. Episode Contents
    01:33 Editorial04:05 Case Cold, wet, in the dark, and alone18:42 Commentary: Preventing unexplained absences25:55 What do senior nurses think?

    • 38 min
    Clinical Communiqué Episode #11: First Nations

    Clinical Communiqué Episode #11: First Nations

    In partnership with First Nations Peoples from clinical, education, design, and consumer advocacy backgrounds, this critical edition of the Clinical Communique presents two coroners' cases where a lack of cultural safety in the health care system led to preventable and tragic consequences. Special thanks to Mr Olli Wynyard Gonfond who narrated this episode, and Dr Jordana Stanford for her guest apperance.
    This is Episode Eleven of our podcast series and features material from our March 2023 print edition of the Clinical Communiqué.
    Episode Contents
    01:07 Editorial by Associate Professor Nicola Cunningham07:46 Guest Editorial by Ms Belinda Gibb18:33 Case #1: A culture of care by Dr Glenn Harrison28:42 Case #2: Seen but not heard by Dr Jordana Stanford40:11 Expert Commentary by Dr Olli Wynyard Gonfond: Developing cultural safety behaviours and capabilities in health care46:41 Expert Commentary by Ms Jacqui Gibson: Why cultural safety improves patient safety

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Great idea!!!! Thank you.

Thank you very much for making yourselves into a podcast! I find it much easier to listen as I am on the road than to make the time to read 😂

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