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
- Commission forum a rare opportunity to hear and talk with Dr Atul Gawande
- February 2015 'Medication Safety Watch' out now
Māori talk about their health experiences
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has partnered with Te Awa Hauora Marae at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (DHB) to develop a series of Māori health-focused videos.
- Third national trigger tool workshop a success
- $2m for extra safeguards to maternity care
- Open Book reports share lessons learned from adverse events
- Three-fold opioid variation a cue to look at prescribing, says Commission
- March 2015 'Focus on Falls' out now
- Consumer sought for Atlas of Healthcare Variation Steering Group
- Infection Prevention and Control Network meeting a first for the Northern region
- Hospital patients urged to take part in care survey
- Perioperative Harm programme proof of concept moves to next phase
- New video urges staff to 'speak up' for patient safety