The Health Quality & Safety Commission works with health professionals, patients and consumers across health and disability services to improve the quality and safety of care. It’s about doing the right thing – and doing it right the first time.
The Medication Safety Programme aims to greatly reduce the number of New Zealanders harmed each year by medication errors in our hospitals, general practices, aged care facilities and across the entire health and disability sector.
Healthcare associated infection is one of the most frequent adverse events in health care worldwide. Up to 10 percent of patients admitted to modern hospitals in the developed world acquire one or more infections.
Harm from a fall can change a patient’s life – it’s the number one reason for admission to aged residential care. We are compelled to do something; we must do whatever we can to reduce patient harm from falls.
Reporting adverse events or incidents helps health services manage the risks of providing care. Incident management identifies problems and failures in the system so we can learn from them and prevent similar events from happening in the future.
The Commission supports consumer participation and decision making about health and disability services at every level - including governance, planning, policy, setting priorities, and highlighting quality issues.
This programme aims to improve the quality and safety of health care services provided to patients undergoing surgery in hospital. It focuses on preventing adverse events which can harm patients.
The Commission has further programmes under development to improve the quality and safety of health and disability services. More information on these programmes and other topics can be found in this section.
Summary of News, Events and Media Releases
- Serious and Sentinel Events 2011/12
Report finds suicide remains leading cause of maternal death
The annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee shows suicide continues to be the leading cause of maternal deaths.
Paper supports focus on hospitals’ hand hygiene
A paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal supports a focus on improving hand hygiene in hospitals to reduce hospital-acquired infections.
- CYMRC media release: Lives saved but more action needed to prevent infant and child deaths
- Focus on polypharmacy and the management of gout
- Health Quality & Safety Commission congratulates Whanganui DHB
- Family Violence Death Review Committee welcomes New Zealand Police Report
- Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee calls for interagency approach on butane
- Basic hand hygiene important in control of superbugs
- Congratulating efforts to improve hand hygiene
- Clean hands save lives
- Surviving the risk-taking years
- Reminder of deadly impact of alcohol on children