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Preventing and Managing Illness and Injuries

We monitor and review data on a variety of our patients’ illnesses and injuries.  This data enables us to monitor the quality and safety of our healthcare services and identify areas for improvement.

At OPH we focus on the following illnesses/injuries as they have been identified as some of the highest risks for patients.  The   HealthyWA - Health Information for Western Australians website provides information on medical conditions, treatments and services.

  • Falls
  • Patient Deterioration and Patient Handover
  • Pressure Injuries/Ulcers
  • Venous Thromboembolism

Falls

Falls can happen to anyone, whatever their age and most falls are caused by personal factors – something to do with a person’s lifestyle, physical or mental state – or by interaction between one or more of these personal issues and environmental hazards such as unsafe pathways, flooring, electrical cords, clutter and poor lighting.

One in three people aged over 65 years will fall at least once per year.  Among Aboriginal people, one in three people aged over 45 years will fall at least once per year.   At Osborne Park Hospital (OPH) we focus on reducing the risk of falls with the involvement of our patients, carers and families.

The good news is that there are many ways to prevent falls before they happen.  The Nine Steps to Stay on Your Feet Brochure below provides advice on reducing the risk of a fall.  You are encouraged to ask staff for information and discuss ways of preventing a fall.

The following Information and Resources can be found on this website - http://www.health.gov.au/

  • Nine Steps to Stay on Your Feet:
  • Stay On Your Feet community booklet
  • Home Safety Checklist
  • Stay On Your Feet WA provides information and resources to help prevent falls, including culturally and linguistically diverse resources
  • The  Injury Control Council of WA provides resources for preventing falls.

Patient Deterioration and Patient Handover

Healthcare is complex and because patients’ medical conditions are varied and outcomes are not always predictable, there are times when patients’ recovery in hospital does not go as planned.

As patients are most aware of how they are feeling while in hospital, it is important that they (and their carers and families where necessary) work with staff to identify their symptoms, plan the right treatment and make the right decisions.  The more that information is shared between the healthcare team and the patient and the better the understanding that the patient has of what to expect from his/her treatment, the easier it is to identify any deterioration in the patient’s condition.

This is one of the reason’s that the healthcare team shares its handover of information at the patient’s bedside. Bedside handover enables the patient to be involved in this exchange of information.  If the patient (or carer or relative) does not understand or agree with any part of the handover, we encourage the patient to speak up. 

The sooner we identify when something is not going to plan, the sooner we can address the potential for error or an adverse event.   Early detection of the deterioration in any patient’s medical condition is vital and the patient is the most important person in the healthcare team.

The OPH Brochure below provides information on Speaking Up.  If you, as the patient, (or carer or relative) are concerned for any reason or need clarification on a treatment, please Speak Up and let someone from the healthcare team know straight away.

Information and Resources

 Pressure Injuries/Ulcers

A pressure injury is an area of damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by prolonged pressure.  Pressure injuries are also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers. 

They can happen very quickly if you are unwell or not able to move easily.  Any form of pressure or friction, even rubbing, can cause skin damage.  Pressure injuries can be painful and take a long time to heal.  They can become infected, making you very sick and they can leave scars on your skin.

The OPH Pressure Injuries/Ulcers Brochure below provides advice on reducing the risk.  Moving and checking your skin regularly as well as eating healthily will help to protect your skin from the risk of pressure injuries. You are encouraged to ask staff for information and discuss ways of preventing a pressure injury.

Information and Resources

Venous Thromboembolism

Venous Thromboembolism or VTE is the formation of a blood clot that travels through the veins.  A blood clot can partly or totally block blood flow which leads to complications which can be life threatening.

In hospital your risk of developing a blood clot in your vein is much higher than usual, particularly if you are having a major operation.  People who have a serious injury or illness are also at a higher risk than usual.

Check with your doctor to assess your risk of VTE.  Moving regularly when sitting or lying for long periods of time, can help to reduce your risk of VTE.  The OPH Brochure below provides advice on reducing the risk.  Moving and checking your skin regularly as well as eating healthily will help to protect your skin from the risk of pressure injuries.  Please ask staff for information and discuss ways of preventing VTE if you are concerned.

Information and Resources

Osborne Park Hospital acknowledges the Traditional Owners - the Noongar people - the custodians of the land on which we work. We pay respect to their Elders both past and present