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Medication Safety Watch – Issue 14, May 2015

PUBLICATION: 28 May 2015, Medication Safety

Issue 14 of the Medication Safety Watch newsletter, a bulletin for all health professionals and health care managers working with medicines or patient safety.

IHI team to support opioid collaborative

NEWS: 7 May 2015, Medication Safety

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s opioid collaborative team has been working closely with district health board (DHB) teams, to ensure baselines are established and improvement initiatives can be measured.

Close collaboration key to ensuring safe use of opioids

NEWS: 30 Apr 2015, Open for better care

Midland Quality Steering Group improvement advisors Charlotte Foley (Lakes District Health Board) and Ros Morell (Waikato District Health Board) are local project leads for the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s national collaborative on the safe use of

Poster: Opioids

PUBLICATION: 21 Apr 2015, Medication

Poster containing key messages and advice for health professionals who prescribe and administer opioids.

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.

MidCentral extends medication safety campaign for another 12 months

NEWS: 2 Apr 2015, Medication

The end of the Open for better care national patient safety campaign’s six-month focus on reducing harm from high-risk medicines is just the beginning for MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) – as it prepares for the start in May of its own year-long me

Three-fold opioid variation a cue to look at prescribing, says Commission

MEDIA RELEASE: 18 Mar 2015, Health Quality Intelligence

Evidence that the number of people being given one of the most dangerous classes of medicine varies up to three-fold around New Zealand is a cue for hospitals and primary health care providers to take a close look at their prescribing.

Focus on the safe use of opioids during March

NEWS: 4 Mar 2015, Medication

The final month of the campaign topic on high-risk medicines focuses on the safe use of opioids which will be continuing through the safe use of opioid collaborative.