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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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-Pty Ltd ABN 84 009 653 712 Dr Sara Watson Director Clinical Quality and Patient SafetyDepartment of Health level45 Health House 87 MitcheU Street Darwin NT 0800 E: sara.watson@nt.gov.au 17 August 2017 Dear Dr Watson RE: DARWIN PRIVATE HOSPITAL- CORONER'S FINDINGS FROM INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF IRENE MAGRIPLIS Thank vou for the letter dated 11 August from Janet Andersoh requesting that Darwin Private Hospital respond to the Department of Health a written response to the Coronlal Findings from the Inquest into the death of Irene Magriplis. As a result of the findings Darwin Private has actively endeavored to meet the recommendations provided by the Coroner. Our response and the work to date are as follows: 211. That Darwin Private HospitCII not permit high risk surgery to be undertaken where It does not have the resources to mitigate those risks. The Chief Medical Officer for H~althscope, Dr Michael Coglin has liaised with the General Surgeons Australia and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. We are In the process of engaging two General Surgeons nominated by these professional bodies and review the surgical casemix at Darwin Private Hospital and report on the scope of general surgery undertaken at the Hospital and the abllftv of the Hospital to support surgery of this complexity. The surgeons nominated will be expert general surgeons with a practice largely grounded in hospitals comparable with DPH. The independence of these surgeons, their expertise and their recommendations will provide the Hospital with a comprehensive response to this recommendation by the Coroner. This work remains ongoing. 212. That Darwin Private Hospital Implement an escalation system to provide a proper rapid response team when the rapid response criteria are met Darwin Private Hospital has reviewed its current escalation system to manage patient deterioration. The revised escalation system is now aligned to that used by Royal Darwin Hospital. The following changes have now been put In place: /. ObservQtion Chart The Adult Observatlon Chart now used at Darwin Prlvate was adapted by the chart used at Royal Darwin Hospital; the clinical parameters for clinical deterioration are now consistent between both hospitals. Please see attachment la and lb. Standard General Adult Observation Chart @J www.darwinprlvatehospital.com.au A

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