Following an outbreak of gastroenteritis in 2007 at a Melbourne nursing home, the Victorian Coroner has recommended the medical system here to refurbish its entire concept of handling aged care facilities. The health department has been asked to deal with outbreaks of infectious diseases in a much better way.
Taking the matter seriously, Coroner Jennifer Coate has also asked the concerned officials to immediately report her about such outbreaks in all Victorian nursing homes.
Due to this 2007 outbreak of gastroenteritis at Broughton Hall Nursing Home in Camberwell in Melbourne's east, four aged care residents were forced to die because no precautions were taken to save their life. The nursing home, in fact was not fully prepared to retort to the outbreak.
"There was a level of lack of readiness and lack of procedure in place at the time of the outcome," Judge Coate said on Monday.
In total, around 75% residents were trapped into this vicious circle.
After analyzing all the points, Judge Coate has asked the management to be cautious enough about any such kinds of outbreaks. She has asked the management to act decisively for ensuring that all necessary procedures and equipments are present in the nursing homes to meet the immediate requirement for controlling infections.