31 Oct 2016 | Health Quality Intelligence
The Health Quality & Safety Commission is celebrating improved patient care as Patient Safety Week begins, with the release of a new report – Open4Results.
Open4Results highlights harm prevented and money saved through the improvements made by health services in areas where the Commission has a focus. These successes are the result of the work and commitment of the whole sector to improve patient safety and save lives.
Finding of the first report include:
‘Patient safety is at the heart of what the Commission aims to achieve, and these numbers reflect the health sector’s commitment to keeping our people safe,’ says the Commission’s Director of Health Quality Evaluation, Richard Hamblin.
‘These improvements reach right across our population, from newborn babies and expectant mothers to young people being better protected when driving their car, to our older people not spending as much time in hospital.’
Patient Safety Week is an annual event. This year’s theme – Let’s talk – centres on communication between consumers and health professionals. It is promoted by many district health boards and other health providers, and supported by the Commission and the Accident Compensation Corporation.
During Patient Safety Week many hospital staff will wear name stickers to help introduce themselves to patients. The stickers have been adapted from a campaign by UK doctor the late Kate Granger, who noticed some medical staff treating her did not introduce themselves or say what they were going to do.
More information about Patient Safety Week is available on the Open for better care website: http://www.open.hqsc.govt.nz/patient-safety-week.