Reporting adverse events (often referred to as incidents) assists health services to manage the risks of clinical care.
The building leadership and capability programme puts quality and safety at the heart of New Zealand’s health and disability services.
This programme establishes baseline measures and indicators which can be used to assess the quality of the health and disability system.
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.
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.
The mental health and addiction (MHA) quality improvement programme aims to improve the quality and safety of mental health and addiction services and the experience of care for consumers.
The Commission is running a five-year national patient deterioration programme from 1 July 2016. It aims to reduce harm from failures to recognise or respond to acute physical deterioration for all adult inpatients (excluding maternity) by July 2021.
Patient Safety Week is a commitment to consumers and patients that our health services strive to provide the best and safest care possible, every time.
Pressure injuries are a major cause of preventable harm for patients using health care services. Pressure injuries impact the New Zealand health system by increasing patients’ length of stay, ACC treatment injury claims and care costs. With the right knowledge and care, most pressure injuries can be avoided.
This programme aims to reduce the harm that people can suffer if they fall and hurt themselves - especially older people receiving care, whether in hospital, residential care, or in their own home.
The Commission has further programmes under development to improve the quality and safety of health and disability services.