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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.

Closing the gap: The Safe Childbirth Checklist from WHO

4 Feb 2011, Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Global figures indicate that a majority of high-risk countries have achieved insufficient progress towards reducing child mortality rates and reducing the maternal mortality ratio, according to a recently released report.

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3 Feb 2011, Health Quality & Safety Commission

By registering on the Health Quality & Safety Commission website, you will be notified every time new information is uploaded. Why not sign up today!

How to use an article about quality improvement

30 Jan 2011, Medication Safety

Quality improvement attempts to change clinician behaviour and, through these changes, lead to improved patient outcomes. The methodological quality of studies evaluating the effectiveness of quality improvement interventions is frequently low.

Gillian Bohm on the health quality and safety 'journey'

25 Jan 2011, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The recent establishment of the Health Quality & Safety Commission is the latest step on the journey to ensure New Zealanders get the best possible healthcare. Principal Advisor Quality Improvement Gillian Bohm has been there from the start.

Introduction of a standardised medication chart

17 Jan 2011, Medication Safety

Beth Loe, National Co-ordinator on the District Health Boards New Zealand Safe and Quality Use of Medicines Group, is co-ordinating the design of a standardised medication chart for adult medication and surgical inpatients to be introduced nationally.

Notifying urgent after-hours laboratory results - Whanganui DHB

13 Jan 2011, Adverse Events

Whanganui DHB has implemented a process for notifying urgent after-hours laboratory results for patients who are not in hospital – that is, those patients who have been to the emergency department, had day surgery, or are outpatients.

Referrals and monitoring at MidCentral DHB

11 Jan 2011, Adverse Events

A database has been developed on which all elective referrals sent from MidCentral DHB to another DHB are recorded, and unacknowledged referrals flagged. Referrals from the DHB to the regional cancer treatment service are also entered into the database.