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Increased reporting and learning from events focus of 2013–14 report
Media release from the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Increased reporting and a growing focus on learning from events are features of the release of the 2013/14 serious adverse events (SAEs) reported by district health boards (DHBs).
New clinical lead for Medication Safety programme
The Commission is pleased to announce that Dr John Barnard, Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Consultant Anaesthetist at Waikato DHB, is the new clinical lead for the medication safety programme.
October 2014 'Focus on Falls' out now
The October 2014 issue of Focus on Falls, a quarterly publication for everyone interested in understanding and preventing falls in older people, is now available online.
Everyone has a part to play in infection prevention and control
International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality & Safety
Paper shows people are not receiving adequate treatment for gout
A new paper published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has examined treatments for gout in New Zealand and found only 23 percent of gout patients considered to require regular treatment were being treated according to best practice.
Dunedin ICU staff celebrate patient safety milestone
Staff at Dunedin Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are celebrating 1,000 days with no Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB).
High-risk medicines must be treated with respect – new campaign
The consequences of an adverse drug event (ADE) are only too clear to Taranaki man John Smith, who became seriously ill after taking warfarin, following a heart attack.
World Thrombosis Day highlights need for systematic approach to VTE
Vascular surgeon Mr Ian Civil, clinical lead for the Commission’s reducing perioperative harm programme, welcomes World Thrombosis Day today as an opportunity to highlight the importance of hospitals ensuring they have a systematic
World Thrombosis Day aims to raise awareness about VTE
World Thrombosis Day, for which the Health Quality & Safety Commission is partnering with the the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, is on Monday 13 October and is targeting both patients and clinicians.
Sponsorships available for two improvement science workshops
The Health Quality & Safety Commission is accepting applications for sponsorship to attend the 'Data for improvement' and 'Improvement science in practice' workshops at Ko Awatea.