Aged care home's failures exposed in report on flu deaths

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:50:28 AM. A Latrobe nursing home where six people died during a flu outbreak in August may be hit with sanctions if it does not improve its quality of care by mid-December.
Photo: Staff said they were not properly supported during the fatal flu outbreak, the audit reported. (Supplied: agedcareguide.com.au) A Tasmanian nursing home where six people died during a flu outbreak in August could be hit with sanctions if it does not improve its quality of care by mid-December. The Uniting AgeWell Strathdevon aged care facility at Latrobe in the state's north-west has been put on a "timetable for improvement" after an audit found it failed to comply with several key accreditation standards, including infection control, clinical care, human resource management and staff education. The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) review was undertaken following a 16-day outbreak at the facility from August 9-25. In total, 60 staff and residents contracted influenza, nine needed to be taken to hospital and six died. The agency found during that time Strathdevon failed to meet five of the 44 expected outcomes of the accreditation standards. The audit found: The six who died were not referred to the medical practitioner at the onset of their illness Accusations that staff, nurses and management managed the outbreak poorly, resulting in the death or deterioration of loved ones A lack of appropriately skilled and qualified staff during the flu outbreak Inadequate education provided to staff on infection control and outbreak management Staff said they were not supported by management during the outbreak and the cleanliness of the home was not maintained ...Read more
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