The health care that people receive in the last years, months and weeks of their lives can help to minimise the distress and grief associated with death and dying for the individual, and for their family, friends and carers.
The Commission has identified a set of six essential elements for comprehensive care delivery, which represent different stages or processes that a patient may experience when clinical care is delivered.
Immobility, such as that associated with extended bed rest in hospital, can cause pressure injuries. Pressure injuries are a major contributor to the care needs of patients within the health industry, and in the majority of cases, pressure injuries are preventable
Falls are a significant cause of potential harm in health care, and are a national safety and quality priority.
To focus care on patients' needs, and determine the most appropriate model of care for the patient, it is important that health services identify and assess patients' risk of harm.
The purpose of the National consensus statement: essential elements for safe and high-quality paediatric end-of-life care is to describe the core requirements for delivering the best possible care for children at the end of life.
Th Commission has developed the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe high-quality end-of-life care which describes the key clinical and organisational requirements for delivering excellent end-of-life care.
The Commonwealth, state and territory governments across Australia are increasing their focus on improving the safety and quality of end-of-life care.
The end-of-life care audit toolkit is designed to help health service organisations to examine and improve the quality of their end-of-life care.
The Commission has developed a range of tools and resources to help health service organisations deliver comprehensive care.
To support a shared understanding of the Comprehensive Care Standard, the Commission has developed a conceptual model describing the key organisational requirements for supporting the delivery of comprehensive care in health services.
Data analysis should highlight areas of excellence, and areas for further exploration and improvement.
When organisations have collected audit data, analysis will be required to understand what the data means. The following tools can help organisations undertake the analysis of their end-of-life care audit data.
Health service organisations can use the audit tool and surveys together to provide a complete picture of end-of-life care at their facility.
Implementing an end-of-life care audit within your organisation will require leadership, management and the engagement of staff at all levels.
The Commission has prepared an information sheet about how care should be provided to people at the end of life in hospitals. It provides patients, family members, carers and consumers with useful information.
The Commission has developed a range of tools and resources to support health services to improve the safety and quality of end-of-life care.