Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard launched

A new clinical care standard to help ensure patients receive prompt treatment to manage severe allergic reac­tions and there is continuity of care across healthcare settings has been launched by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Providing guidance for consumers, clinicians and health service organisations, the Standard contains six quality state­ments describing the care that should be provided to patients with anaphylaxis and a set of indicators to support monitoring and quality improvement. Access the Standard at: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/standards/clinical-care-standards/acute-anaphylaxis-clinical-care-standard.

Burden of CHD remains high

Although people in Australia are losing fewer years of healthy life to coronary heart disease, driven mainly by large reductions in people dying prematurely from the disease, it remains the leading cause of burden of disease, making up 6.3% of the total burden in 2018, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Wel­fare’s report The Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and Causes of Illness and Death in Australia 2018. The report also found a decline in total disease burden from stroke, COPD, lung and bowel cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, but an increased burden for demen­tia, back pain and other back problems. Read the report at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/burden-of-disease/abds-impact-and-causes-of-illness-and-death-in-aus/summary.