The five-year national patient deterioration programme aims to reduce harm from failures to recognise or respond to acute physical deterioration for all adult inpatients by July 2021. 

The national maternity early warning system (MEWS) is being implemented in all district health boards – find out more about MEWS.

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Kōrero mai empowers couple to voice concerns

19 May 2020, Patient Deterioration

When Angela felt her voice wasn’t being heard during her husband Geoff’s stay in Wellington Regional Hospital, the Kōrero mai service supported her to escalate her concerns about his deteriorating health.

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Implementation of maternity early warning system underway

29 Aug 2019, Patient Deterioration

The Health Quality & Safety Commission would like to congratulate Wairarapa, West Coast and Taranaki district health boards (DHBs) on implementing the national maternity early warning system (MEWS) hospital-wide in July and August.