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Parents fight to hold hospital accountable for son’s death

The Queensland Times Brian Bennion

THE grieving parents of a disabled man who died in Ipswich Hospital after being given high doses of narcotics have slammed the hospital for lack of care and poor treatment.
Bundamba man Julian Klass was taken to hospital with severe stomach pains on September 12, 2011, and died 10 days later from aspiration pneumonia caused by high doses of morphine and anti-psychotic drug olanzapine.
Three nurses and two doctors involved in Julian’s care have been referred to their registration boards for further action following an investigation by the Health Quality and Complaints Commission.
Ipswich Hospital delayed reporting the death to the Coroner for five months as an internal investigation after the death found there was a concern that the combination of morphine and olanzapine may have caused such a level of sedation that it caused aspiration, fluid and food in the lungs from the patient being unable to swallow, which led to his death.
The hospital recently offered the family $11,470 settlement to pay for Julian’s funeral, on condition they signed a confidentiality clause and agreed not to take legal action.
The family decided not to accept the money when asked to sign the disclaimer.

In a review of the death by the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit, Dr Adam Griffin reported to the Coroner he did not agree with the administration of olanzapine and said it appeared to be used as a sedative.
“This would have decreased Julian’s level of consciousness and made an aspiration event more probable,” Dr Griffin said in the Coroner’s report.
Julian’s parents Lester and Marie Klass said there was inadequate monitoring, even after Julian was “comatosed” from the drugs. Mrs Klass said they stayed by Julian’s bedside throughout his ordeal because hospital staff were not giving him the care he needed.

She said a doctor’s recommendation to put Julian on antiobiotics by drip at 7am was not acted on until 5pm that day.
In his investigation Coroner John Hutton criticised Ipswich Hospital for issues in the “medication and overall systemic issues” present at the time of Julian’s death.
The family met with Ipswich Hospital management on a few occasions and allege the hospital admitted to medical negligence. Mrs Klass said the hospital had to be held accountable.
“Julian was our life. No amount of money is going to bring our son back,” she said.
“It’s the ones that don’t have a voice, the infants, the disabled, they seem to get away with it. Disabled people just fall through the cracks.

“We have to make a stand and be his voice because Julian didn’t have a voice. This should never have happened. He should have been monitored more closely when he was sedated with olanzapine.
“It’s as though they don’t think of them (people with a disability) as a normal person. It’s terrible as a mother to sit up there in hospital with your child and they are not given proper care.”
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service CEO Lesley Dwyer said a “Health Passport” for disabled patients, their families and carers was being implemented by West Moreton in response to investigations into the death.
“The Health Passport will help to identify any special needs the individual patient may have, especially if they are not able to communicate verbally,” she said.
“Mr Klass’s family has kindly helped us design this passport and many of their suggestions have been incorporated into the current version, which will now be subject to wider consultation.”

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Australian Crime Commission say ‘ice’ trade booming, with no end in sight with traffickers on top

The Courier Mail | March 25, 2015 | Jessica Marszalek

UNPRECEDENTED amounts of the drug “ice” are streaming into the country through an international collaboration of criminal kingpins, who are cashing in on Australia’s eagerness to pay top dollar for the devastating narcotic. 

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Gold Coast University Hospital’s $3.75m medical scanner has never been used

Gold Coast Bulletin  | March 25, 2015 | Stephanie Bedo

GOLD Coast Health is holding tours to show off a state-of-the-art, $3.75 million medical scanning machine that in 18 months has never been used for its original purpose.

The intraoperative MRI machine at the new Gold Coast University Hospital is one of only a handful in Australia and can detect tiny cancers before, during and after surgeries but is only being used as a conventional MRI scanner on children.  Continue reading…

Women still find it tough to reach the top in science

The Conversation Sharon Bell 24 March 2015

Women are playing an increasing role in science today but there are still barriers that can prevent them from achieving success comparable to their male colleagues. This feeds the argument that there is a gender pay gap in earnings in science, although that doesn’t tell the full story of the challenges facing women scientists.

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Gold Coast University Hospital to review doctors’ concerns that infant mortality rates are too high

Courier Mail Stephanie Bedo 21 March 2015

AN INDEPENDENT investigation has been launched into the deaths of newborns at Gold Coast University Hospital’s birthing unit.

Hospital chief executive Ron Calvert ordered the investigation into the deaths and other issues after concerns were raised by the hospital’s clinical council and in anonymous letters.

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Queensland authorities confirm ‘miscode’ affects DNA evidence in criminal cases

Courier Mail David Murray 21 March 2015

A COMPUTER program error has led to DNA evidence being bungled in dozens of Queensland crimes, including the murder of pregnant Logan woman Joan Ryther.

The computer program’s New Zealand developers say Queensland hasn’t bought the manual to use it and question if mistakes might be user error.

Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services senior director Greg Shaw, confirmed the computer program, STRmix, had been used in 4500 cases.

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Axed biosecurity lab could be reinstated

Townsville Bulletin ANTHONY GALLOWAY March 19, 2015

LABOR is considering re-establishing a biosecurity laboratory in Townsville to protect the region against disease ­outbreaks.
Since the former LNP government scrapped plans for a new laboratory to find savings, North Queensland has faced a number of threats including bovine Johne’s disease and the recent outbreak of Panama disease in the banana industry.
Former agriculture minister John McViegh disregarded his own department’s advice when he closed the biosecurity facility at Oonoonba in April 2013 and ordered all diagnostic ­testing be conducted from Brisbane.

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