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WHO global hand hygiene survey

NEWS: 19 Jun 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended an invitation to the Health Quality & Safety Commission to participate in the global hand hygiene self-assessment framework survey.

New areas allow greater understanding of perioperative harm

NEWS: 15 Jun 2015, Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

The fourth report of the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee covering the period from 2008-2012 includes several new areas: coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG), percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PCTA), bariatric surgery and severe post

Postoperative NZ mortality data 'a driver for surgical safety'

NEWS: 7 May 2015, Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

The collection of data regarding deaths during and after surgery can be used to influence surgical safety, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s 84th Annual Scientific Conference have been told.

Hand hygiene – celebrating ongoing improvement

NEWS: 7 May 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

The latest national hand hygiene audit shows district health boards (DHBs) are well on the way to achieving 80 percent hand hygiene compliance with the ‘5 moments for hand hygiene’ by June 2015.

Hand Hygiene New Zealand journey

NEWS: 4 May 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

As the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Hand Hygiene Day approaches on 5 May 2015, the Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ) team have developed a graphic to showcase the achievements of the national programme.

New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission – Making progress

NEWS: 7 Apr 2015, Health Quality & Safety Commission

Since forming four years ago, the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission has made great progress and is now entering, which its chief executive Dr Janice Wilson calls ‘the second phase’ of its life.

Third national trigger tool workshop a success

NEWS: 27 Mar 2015, Adverse Events

The third national trigger tool workshop was held on 9 March 2015 at Ko Awatea in Auckland, and was sponsored by the Health Quality & Safety Commission and First, Do No Harm.

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Helping implement a system to identify and track errors in our hospitals.

Countdown to Change Day

NEWS: 20 Jan 2015

The countdown is on for thousands of New Zealanders to help change health care for the better and become a part of what is set to be the biggest single day of action in the New Zealand health care history.

Global Patient Safety Challenge pledge

PUBLICATION: 13 Jan 2015, Infection Prevention & Control

In June 2014, the New Zealand Government became a signatory to the Global Patient Safety Challenge Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Alliance for Patient Safety.

December 2014 'Let's Talk Triggers' out now

NEWS: 10 Dec 2014, Other Topics

The December 2014 edition of Let's Talk Triggers, a quarterly newsletter from the Commission's Global Trigger Tools programme containing updates, trigger tool tips, featured articles and other items on patient safety.

Webinar: Identifying harm and errors

EVENT: 10 Dec 2014, Medication

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Gillian Robb (global trigger tools clinical lead) and Beth Loe (medication safety specialist) will be joined by Dr Desiree Kunac to present on identifying harm and errors.

New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics

MEDIA RELEASE: 17 Nov 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has joined Australia, the United States, Canada and countries throughout Europe to highlight the problem of antimicrobial resistance and the need for responsible use of antibiotics.