About Safeguarding Healthcare
Safeguarding Healthcare leads you through the intricate corridors of hospitals, taking you behind closed doors on an extraordinary journey. This is the podcast that holds a stethoscope to the beating heart of hospitals to reveal the reasoning behind the clinical governance decision making process.
Join host, Dr David Rankin, a 35-year veteran of medical administration, as he puts some of Australia’s most senior hospital managers in the hot seat to challenge them with major and often complex hypothetical challenges that reflect some of the most contentious issues facing modern medicine. This podcast offers an unfiltered view of the web of patient safety, medical ethics, and healthcare decision-making.
Join us as we explore gripping topics, from the thorny questions surrounding patient consent to the implications of ground-breaking healthcare technologies. Each episode delves into the heart of healthcare, scrutinizing the decisions that impact patient well-being and safety.
Discover how these passionate professionals navigate medical minefields, striving to ensure the highest standards of care, all while grappling with a broad and ever-evolving healthcare landscape. Whether you're a seasoned healthcare practitioner, a patient seeking insight into the system, or simply curious about the inner workings of hospitals, this podcast offers an enlightening perspective on the complexities of modern medicine.
In this episode, another senior medical administrator is confronted with a challenging scenario: how to address high hospital-acquired infection rates. Clinical governance veteran Dr David Rankin speaks with Dr Peter Lowthian, who has worked as a Director of Medical Services and who currently serves on the boards of a large private hospital and the Australasian Cardiac Surgery Research Institution. The two discuss infection issues, particularly focusing on urinary tract infections in orthopedic wards, emphasizing the importance of data accuracy, involving clinicians in data collection, and individualized data feedback to drive accountability and change. The discussion delves into the complexities of comparing hospitals and promoting behavioural change among healthcare teams, stressing the significance of addressing infections beyond their cost implications, including patient outcomes and reputation. Additionally, it highlights the need for a multifaceted approach to tackle this issue, involving various healthcare disciplines and utilizing data as a coaching tool rather than a policing mechanism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of Safeguarding Healthcare, we take a deep dive into the world of healthcare audits, their benefits, and pitfalls. Clinical governance veteran Dr David Rankin speaks with Brigadier Dr Darrell Duncan, a highly experienced administrator who is currently responsible for reviewing the standards of care provided to members of the Australian Defence Force. Dr Duncan emphasizes the need to shift from compliance-focused audits to a patient-centric, continuous quality improvement approach. And he highlights the importance of identifying risks through staff engagement and effective communication, fostering a culture of accountability, involving medical staff in the audit process, and fully integrating quality improvements. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Let veteran medical administrator Dr David Rankin be your guide through another minefield, as he challenges a senior hospital medical administrator with a staffing situation that threatens to impact patient safety. Dr Rankin explores a complex scenario involving an aging senior surgeon with Professor Alan Sandford AM, the Director of Medical Academic Development – Regional Medical Pathway, Central Queensland & Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services. Explore the ethical dilemmas surrounding aging medical professionals, the duty of care to patients and colleagues, and the delicate balance of maintaining respect while addressing performance concerns. And learn about the strategies for gracefully transitioning senior staff members, while ensuring patient safety. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What should administrators do and what’s best for the patient and the hospital when a terrible mistake takes place? In this episode of "Safeguarding Healthcare”, Dr. David Rankin hosts Dr. Helen Parsons, the District Director Medical Services for the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, as they delve into a nightmare scenario – a wrong-site surgery. Learn about the protocols, patient safety, ethics and legal consequences that emerge after a patient suffers from this terrible mistake, and explore necessary immediate actions, the formation of review teams, and the importance of a no-blame culture in preventing recurrences. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Step behind hospital doors and explore the intricate world of patient safety with “Safeguarding Healthcare – the Essentials of Clinical Governance”. In each episode, veteran hospital administrator Dr David Rankin puts senior hospital officials in the hot seat, challenging them with difficult hypotheticals. Delve into the most contentious issues in modern medicine, from patient consent dilemmas to advancements in healthcare technology. Gain insights into the complex web of healthcare decision-making and discover the dedicated individuals working tirelessly to ensure patient well-being. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.