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, Media Releases, and Blog Entries
- Committee calls for radical change towards family violence
Report reveals surgical death rates
Media release from the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee regarding the release of the third report on death rates from surgery and anaesthesia.
Report backs up link between smoking, obesity and stillbirth
Media release from the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee showing further evidence of the link between smoking, obesity and stillbirth.
- Children and young people deaths reduced by half since 1980
- Patient experience survey proves its value
- Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths
- Safety checks for swimming pools help prevent drowning
- Safe sleeping practices for babies reduce risk of infant death
- Patients surveyed on their experience of hospital
- New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics
- First national patient experience results published
- Ex-NASA astronaut leads safety workshops for NZ health professionals
- Increased reporting and learning from events focus of 2013–14 report