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New 'no blame' incident regime for hospital

28 Aug 2011, Adverse Events

The Greymouth Evening Star reports that a new 'no blame' incident system has been rolled out at Grey Base Hospital, with 55 events already officially recorded.

National Medication Chart - Change Register

26 Aug 2011, Medication Safety

The change register is a facility for DHBs to provide feedback about the design of the national medication chart (NMC) so that future versions of the NMC reflect clinical practice and requirements including safety features.

Beverley Johnson forums and workshop

23 Aug 2011, Partners in Care

Beverley Johnson, who heads the Board of the Institute of Patient and Family Centred Care in the United States, is coming to New Zealand in October. She will be involved in two types of events - quality forums, and a workshop on consumer engagement.

Strong focus on quality and safety in Minister's speech

19 Aug 2011

The Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, opened the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal College of Surgeons in Queenstown yesterday. His speech, which had a strong focus on quality and safety, can be found here.

Establishment of new Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group

19 Aug 2011, Medication Safety

The Health Quality & Safety Commission, in collaboration with the National Health Board, is calling for expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the newly established Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group

Presentations from the PMMRC workshop now available

19 Aug 2011, Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Presentations from the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee workshop held in Wellington on Thursday 11 August are now availabel to download.

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality in 2009

28 Jul 2011, Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) has published its fifth annual report on the deaths of babies and their mothers in New Zealand.

Universal list of medicines released

26 Jul 2011, Medication Safety

The New Zealand Universal List of Medicines, designed to prevent potentially harmful confusion about medicines has been given its general release, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said today.

Commission Chair urges correct use of Surgical Safety Checklist

16 Jul 2011, Safe Surgery NZ

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Surgical Safety Checklist in 2009, and on the face of it, uptake has been impressive. Three large studies published in major journals all show substantial reductions in mortality and morbidity.

National Health Service's Patient Experience Network

14 Jul 2011, Partners in Care

The aim of the National Health Service's Patient Experience Network is to share ideas and practice to drive improvement in patient experience. See the website for case studies, events, and news on patient experiences.

Statement of Intent 2011 to 2014

13 Jul 2011, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission's Statement of Intent has been tabled in Parliament and is now available.