The Health News Australia February 8 2018

  • A man died at a Sydney hospital after he was given another patient’s medication following routine day surgery, a New South Wales coroner has heard. An inquest is being held at Glebe coroner’s court into the death of father-of-two Paul Lau, who was 54 when he died following a knee reconstruction at Sydney’s Macquarie University hospital in June 2015.
  • Australian researchers say that finding a way to replenish levels of the molecule, coenzyme Q10, in human cells may help to prevent prediabetes. Australian researchers have established a link between insulin resistance and low levels of a key molecule found in human cells known as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ). The “exciting” discovery has led to hope of potential future treatments to prevent pre-diabetes – a precursor to numerous chronic diseases including type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Adam Carrozza, a mental health consultant who posed as a psychologist and fabricated his academic credentials to boost his career has avoided a criminal conviction but will pay a $10,000 fine and $14,000 in costs. Mr. Carrozza, who claimed to be a qualified clinical psychologist with more than twenty years experience, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday to five counts of using the protected title “psychologist” while not being registered and knowingly claiming to be registered while actually being unregistered.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 8th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/05/man-died-from-medication-mix-up-following-day-surgery-coroner-hears

A man died at a Sydney hospital after he was given another patient’s medication following routine day surgery, a New South Wales coroner has heard. An inquest is being held at Glebe coroner’s court into the death of father-of-two Paul Lau, who was fifty four when he died following a knee reconstruction at Sydney’s Macquarie University hospital in June two thousand fifteen.

Counsel assisting Kirsten Edwards on Monday said she expected the coroner would hear evidence that Lau died from a drug overdose after he was mistakenly given the medication of another, more complex, surgical patient. Edwards suggested there were more than fifteen missed opportunities to detect the fatal error and save Lau’s life in the ten or so hours leading to his death before one AM on June nineteen.
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Lau’s anaesthetist, Doctor Orison Kim, told the court he was using the hospital’s new electronic prescribing system on the day of Lau’s surgery. The knee reconstruction was uneventful but during the following surgery of a more complex patient, Kim said he believed he was probably reminded by a nurse that he had not prescribed intravenous fluids to Lau. Kim believed it likely that he went back in to Lau’s record to update his prescription before his attention was brought back to the current surgery. When he returned to his workstation a few minutes later he did not realise he had left Lau’s record open, and he unknowingly entered prescriptions for the current surgical patient into that record.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/diabetes/23/news/aap/researchers-found-out-that-a-molecule-link-may-prevent-diabetes/3158/

Australian researchers say that finding a way to replenish levels of the molecule, coenzyme Q-ten, in human cells may help to prevent prediabetes. Australian researchers have established a link between insulin resistance and low levels of a key molecule found in human cells known as coenzyme Q-ten (or CoQ).

The “exciting” discovery has led to hope of potential future treatments to prevent pre-diabetes – a precursor to numerous chronic diseases including type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Co-author Doctor Daniel Fazakerley from the University of Sydney’s School of Life and Environmental Science and Charles Perkins Centre said: “If we can actually find ways to replenish CoQ in humans then we might actually find a way to overcome insulin resistance.”

Although the researchers at the University of Sydney and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute caution this is just one piece of the puzzle towards achieving such an outcome.

For the study, levels of CoQ and the presence of insulin resistance were analysed in mice and human tissue samples.
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The findings, published in journal eLife, showed concentrations of CoQ were lower in all body fat and muscle tissue resistant to insulin. When the researchers replenished the CoQ levels, insulin resistance was reversed. It’s thought poor diet is largely responsible for the lowering of CoQ in cells. Although this is not understood at this stage.
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Co-author Professor Roland Stocker from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the University of New South Wales says the study shows CoQ supplementation could prove an “invaluable” preventative intervention. However CoQ oral supplements – found in health food shops and on supermarket shelves – may not be effective because it is very difficult for the body to absorb it.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fake-psychologist-advised-major-organisations-on-mental-health-treatment-20180206-p4yzid.html

A mental health consultant who posed as a psychologist and fabricated his academic credentials to boost his career has avoided a criminal conviction but will pay a ten thousand dollar fine and fourteen thousand dollars in costs. Adam Carrozza, who has held senior positions at the Department of Health and designed treatment assessments for major disability and mental health organisations, in fact trained as a nurse and has a bachelor’s degree in applied science.

Mister Carrozza, who claimed to be a qualified clinical psychologist with more than twenty years experience, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday to five counts of using the protected title “psychologist” while not being registered and knowingly claiming to be registered while actually being unregistered. The fifty one-year-old director of consultancy MindWorks Australia was charged by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency after a complaint sparked an investigation and search of his Kew office.
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The father of four had doctored his LinkedIn profile to state he was a “respected clinical psychologist”, as well as a “trained clinical psychologist” in a promotional blurb used on his online profile as a board member at a mental health charity.
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Mister Carrozza also falsely claimed on LinkedIn to have a Masters in Clinical Psychology from RMIT.  In the wake of the AHPRA investigation, Mister Carrozza also deleted a post on the Mindworks Australia website that claimed he was part of a team which ran “critical incident stress management sessions” for victims of the two thousand nine Kinglake and Marysville bushfires.

Mister Carrozza had originally been charged with twenty five counts relating to posing as a psychologist but twenty were struck out.

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