eCite Digital Repository

Patient safety 2012: Reporting in from the bedside of a regional Australian hospital


Buist, M, Patient safety 2012: Reporting in from the bedside of a regional Australian hospital, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21, (5) pp. 293 - 4. ISSN 1038-5282 (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2013 The Author Australian Journal of Rural Health Copyright 2013 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

Official URL:

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12059


This week has not been particularly good for me. I now do critical care in a small eight-bed unit, which serves a 130-bed regional hospital on the NW Coast of Tasmania, that in turn along with another hospital on the coast serves a population of 130 000. We have all the usual services that you would expect for a place of this size, along with all the usual problems that rural and regional hospitals have to deal with. We have dedicated and competent clinical staff, led by a hospital executive, that has to deal not only with severe financial constraints, the ever-changing political environment, media that does not quite get it, but has to ensure service delivery with what at times can be a very precious (and all too often locum) senior medical staff. We have a competent and active quality unit that has enacted craft group mortality and morbidity meetings that feed into a central committee that is Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-led. So despite my bad week, I think that our organisation in the circumstances does a great job in providing a quality health service to the population.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Intensive care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Buist, M (Professor Michael Buist)
ID Code:88844
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-02-18
Last Modified:2014-06-18

Repository Staff Only: item control page