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
Learning from adverse events focus of report
Learning from things that go wrong in health care is a focus of this year’s adverse events report.
- New Safety Signal released
New DHB guide for consumer engagement
The Health Quality & Safety Commission's Partners in Care programme has released a new guide promoting consumer engagement in New Zealand district health boards (DHBs).
- Data shows continuing disparity between gout prevalence and treatment
- Call for nominations for the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee
- January 2016 'Medication Safety Watch' out now
- Preventing pressure injuries in New Zealand
- Free CALD cultural competency courses
- Free Let’s PLAN flyer for consumers available
- Primary care patient experience survey update: 18 December 2015
- Consumer focus for Patient Safety Week grand rounds
- Survey shows surgical teams working well together
- Call for nominations for the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee