Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee Annual Report Released
Lessons Learned From Reviewing Deaths Involving the Elderly and Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities
The Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee (GLTCRC) was established in 1989 and consists of members who are respected practitioners in the fields of geriatrics, gerontology, family medicine, emergency medicine, pharmacology and services to seniors.
The purpose of the GLTCRC is to assist the Office of the Chief Coroner in the investigation, review and development of recommendations towards the prevention of future similar deaths relating to the provision of services to elderly individuals and/or individuals receiving geriatric and/or long-term care within the province.
Each year, the GLTCRC releases an annual report that includes summaries of the cases reviewed, recommendations made and general analysis of statistical data.
In 2010, the GLTCRC reviewed 11 cases and generated 22 recommendations directed toward the prevention of future deaths. In 2010, some of the common issues that the GLTCRC identified dealt with medical and nursing management, use of drugs in the elderly, communication between healthcare practitioners, the use of restraints in the elderly and medical/nursing documentation.
Through the release of the annual report and recommendations from case reviews, the GLTCRC hopes to openly share the lessons learned and issues identified with the goal of building public awareness and collective action towards preventing deaths relating to the provision of services to the elderly and other individuals receiving long-term care in Ontario.
“By sharing the recommendations generated by the Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee with the general public and the geriatric and long-term care stakeholder community, we can collectively work towards addressing recurring issues and trends with a goal to preventing future similar deaths and making Ontario a safer place to live.”
Dr. Robert Skinner