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Patient story: Matthew Gunter

PUBLICATION: 23 Aug 2018, Partners in Care

Heather Gunter tells the story of her son Matthew, who was 16-years-old when he developed appendicitis. He had complications following surgery and died two days later, due to causes which could have been prevented.

Endoscopy coordinator receives Open for leadership award

NEWS: 31 Jul 2018, Building Leadership & Capability

Maria Petrovics-Edens from West Coast District Health Board (DHB) has received an Open for leadership award for her successes in taking on the new role of endoscopy coordinator.

Open4Results – June 2018

PUBLICATION: 29 Jun 2018, Health Quality Intelligence

Our six-monthly report on the harm prevented, and money saved, in areas the Commission focuses on or raises awareness about.

Tackling skin infections in a Pacific population

NEWS: 22 Jun 2018, Primary Care

The Fono Health and Social Services in West Auckland is one of the six successful initiatives supported by the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Whakakotahi 2018 project.

Hand hygiene patient stories

PUBLICATION: 2 Apr 2018, Infection Prevention & Control

Hand Hygiene New Zealand promotional resource: Patient stories.

Whanganui Hospital's antibiotic switch campaign

PUBLICATION: 9 May 2018, Medication Safety

Whanganui Hospital is undertaking an antibiotic ‘switch’ campaign. One approach to antibiotic stewardship is the early conversion from intravenous (IV) to oral antibiotics, when this is appropriate. This is known as antibiotic switch therapy.

Encouraging doctors to question key to Choosing Wisely success

NEWS: 2 May 2018, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The Commission is a partner in the Council of Medical College’s Choosing Wisely campaign. The campaign encourages health professionals to question current practice and to talk to patients about the potential risks and benefits of undergoing tests...

Live Stronger for Longer theme of April Falls campaign

MEDIA RELEASE: 3 Apr 2018, Reducing Harm from Falls

Live Stronger for Longer is the theme of this year’s ‘April Falls’ campaign. The annual campaign raises awareness of the harm caused by falls, and what can be done to prevent them.

Falls prevention in hospital shows benefits as broken hips reduced

MEDIA RELEASE: 9 Apr 2018, Reducing Harm from Falls

New data from the Health Quality & Safety Commission show the number of people falling in hospital and breaking their hip continues to reduce. Between September 2014 and the end of September 2017, there have been 107 fewer in-hospital falls resulting...

Live Stronger for Longer theme of April Falls campaign

NEWS: 3 Apr 2018, Reducing Harm from Falls

Live Stronger for Longer is the theme of this year’s ‘April Falls’ campaign. The annual campaign raises awareness of the harm caused by falls, and what can be done to prevent them.