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World Hand Hygiene Day - Clean Hands Save Lives

5 May 2011, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission says World Hand Hygiene Day is a timely reminder of the importance of clean hands in combating healthcare-acquired infections.

Dr Janice Wilson on the quality and safety challenge

28 Apr 2011, Partners in Care

Dr Janice Wilson has been Chief Executive of the Commission since mid-February 2011. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director-General in the Population Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health. In her first public comment since taking up her new role, s

Patient safety key to health systems

12 Apr 2011, Medication Safety

Professor Alan Merry, Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission, writes how increasing the involvement of pharmacists in managing patients' medications is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve medication safety.

Landmark report on patients' wishes at end of life released

23 Mar 2011, Partners in Care

The Massachusetts Expert Panel on End-of-Life Care recently released a landmark report, Patient-Centered Care and Human Mortality: The Urgency of Health System Reforms to Ensure Respect for Patients' Wishes and Accountability for Excellence in Care.

Support grows for electronic prescribing

23 Mar 2011, Medication Safety

There is growing pressure to introduce electronic prescribing in hospitals throughout the country after last year's successful pilot scheme at Dunedin Hospital, clinical leader Dr Andrew Bowers says.

Safe Medication Management programme transition

14 Mar 2011, Medication Safety

From 4 March, the Health Quality & Safety Commission took over responsibility for the Safe Medication Management (SMM) programme, previously managed by Hutt Valley District Health Board (DHB) as one of the national quality improvement initiatives.

NZ-developed Patientrack wins two awards

10 Mar 2011, Adverse Events

A small team of New Zealand and Australian medical specialists and entrepreneurs have won two British health services awards for their software package Patientrack.