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Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017



Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017

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- 3 Consultation was held with key stakeholders and internal visiting medical specialists to ensure that the escalation system to manage patient deterioration is aligned across both hospitals. In response to the recommendation at paragraph 213, the High Dependency Unit of the Darwin Private Hospital was externally reviewed and it was noted that the unit functions primarily as an environment for close nursing observation, with primary responsibility for the patient remaining with the admitting medical specialist and equipment and nurse staffing levels to enable greater nursing intervention and monitoring than the ward area. Consequently, the unit has been re-named as a 'Special Observation Unit' with revised policies and responsibilities that reflect this change, including: referral, admission and discharge processes; unplanned transfers; ward responsibilities; position descriptions and staff orientation; and patient information about the unit. am satisfied that the Department of Health has considered the recommendations of the Coroner and is taking necessary steps with respect to the recommendations made. I also note the steps taken by Darwin Private Hospital in addressing the recommendations made by the Coroner. DATE: 2 1 SEP 2017 NATASHA FYLES

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