About Patient Safety Week 2017

New Zealand’s fourth Patient Safety Week is being held from 5–11 November 2017, coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

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.

The theme for this year’s Patient Safety Week is medication safety.

This topic has been chosen for several reasons:

  • the World Health Organization’s patient safety challenge features medication safety
  • in the in-patient patient experience survey, the question “Did a member of staff tell you about medication side effects to watch for when you went home?” consistently gets one of the lowest scores from consumers
  • there are a large number of medication errors. Adverse events related to high-risk medicines in particular can be extremely serious.

District health boards (DHBs) and other providers will mark Patient Safety Week in a number of ways, including the display of posters and patient information in hospitals, media promotions, adverts in community newspapers emphasising DHBs’ commitment to providing the best and safest care, quality and safety focused grand rounds, booths and competitions.

More information on Patient Safety Week, including resources, will be announced in the coming months.

To read more about previous Patient Safety Weeks, visit the archived Open website external link.

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