How safe is your healthcare?
You, your family or someone you care for, all need to know how to access safe healthcare.
Australia's National peak body for Safety and Quality in Health care (ASQHC) can help you find safe and quality health care. Their booklet lists 9 'Top Tips for Safe Health Care' and is designed to guide you in planning your care in partnership with your healthcare providers.
Today, person-centred care (PCC) and woman-centred care (WCC) are considered the gold standard for care in the healthcare industry.
What is person-centred care?
The person-centred model of health care is used both for in and out patients, emergency care, palliative care as well as in rehabilitation. Person-centred care invites individuals to be partners in their care decisions. It offers a way of thinking and doing things that sees the people using health and allied services as equal partners in planning, developing and monitoring their care to make sure it meets their needs.
What is woman-centred care?
Woman-centred care is person centred but the concept of woman-centred care is central to midwifery practice and underpins the philosophy statement of the International Confederation of Midwives. In the context of the woman's unique needs, expectations and aspirations; recognises her right to self-determination in terms of choice, control and continuity of care; and addresses her social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs and expectations. In the context of pregnancy and childbirth, the baby’s needs are also considered as within woman-centred care planning.
ASQHC advises all consumers to action the ' 9 Top Tips for Safe Healthcare' to ensure safety and quality in their healthcare experience.
Doctors, midwives, nurses, pharmacists, specialists, allied health and mental health workers are expected to partner with their consumers
Current trends in Caesarean care see women admitted on the day of surgery and discharged from hospital as early as 24 hours after birth. Many women have a longer hospital stay, however no matter how long the stay, it is important that women understand the risks and benefits and the care required after discharge from hospital.
Keep the ASQHC 'Top Tips for Safe Healthcare' handy when you talk to your healthcare providers and be sure to document your preferences in your caesarean birth plan to help you get the most out of your Caesarean birth experience.
Safety & Quality in healthcare, your right and your choice.