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April Falls update 2017

NEWS: 3 Apr 2017, Reducing Harm from Falls

An update on April Falls, a national initiative to promote falls reduction in health care settings.

April Falls 2017 display competition opens 1 April

NEWS: 2 Mar 2017, Reducing Harm from Falls

Health care providers taking part in April Falls 2017 are again encouraged to send us photos of their local displays and activities, with all entries going in the draw to win a morning tea to the value of $100.

Patient Safety Week 2016 evaluation

PUBLICATION: 13 Dec 2016, Patient Safety Week

This document is an evaluation of the activities which took place during Patient Safety Week 2016.

Decline in falls and broken hips a success story for New Zealand health care

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 Dec 2016, Reducing Harm from Falls

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is celebrating the success of New Zealand public hospitals in reducing the number of in-hospital falls that result in a broken hip. New Zealand appears to be the first country to achieve this on a national scale.

Patient Safety Week a hit once again

NEWS: 25 Nov 2016, Patient Safety Week

Patient Safety Week has come and gone for another year and it was a huge success. The Health Quality & Safety Commission, in partnership with ACC, promoted the week.

Commission supports World Osteoporosis Day

NEWS: 13 Oct 2016, Reducing Harm from Falls

The Health Quality & Safety Commission supports the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s World Osteoporosis Day on 20 October 2016, as part of its ongoing commitment to an integrated approach to falls and fracture management in New Zealand.

Inaugural hip fracture registry annual report released

NEWS: 13 Oct 2016, Reducing Harm from Falls

The inaugural annual report for the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry was released in September and four hospitals from New Zealand feature in the report.

How to classify and document pressure injuries

PUBLICATION: 9 Sep 2016, Patient Safety Week

Chart from ACC outlining the NPUAP/EPUAP pressure injury classification system, which provides a consistent and accurate means by which the severity of a pressure injury can be communicated and documented.

Pressure injury poster

PUBLICATION: 9 Sep 2016, Patient Safety Week

ACC poster 'Stop pressure injuries, skin care matters'.

Focus on Falls – Issue 5, September 2016

PUBLICATION: 1 Sep 2016, Reducing Harm from Falls

Issue 5 of Focus on Falls, a quarterly publication for everyone interested in understanding and preventing falls in older people.

MORSim rollout to start in November

NEWS: 21 Jul 2016

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is supporting MORSim (Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation) – a national training intervention programme for surgical teams.

How leadership helps to reduce harm from falls

NEWS: 28 Apr 2016, Falls

Sandy Blake, director of nursing at Whanganui DHB with significant experience in patient safety, describes the role of clinical leadership in driving quality improvement in reducing harm from falls.