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Medication Safety programme update

NEWS: 24 Jul 2014, Medication Safety

An update from the Commission's Medication Safety programme, covering the national medication safety forum, the Open campaign, safe use of opioids national collaborative, quality and safety markers and the departure of the clinical lead.

DHB Assessment Tools and Care Plans


The Commission recommends evidence-based approaches to risk assessment and care planning and promotes consistency in these processes at a national level.

SSI webinar 5: Consumer engagement

PUBLICATION: 27 Mar 2014, Infection Prevention & Control

This recording of webinar 5: consumer engaement, is a great opportunity to hear consumers and clinicians discuss the merits of and practical tips on how to support consumer engagement in reducing the risk of SSI.

New data shows asthma rates vary between DHB

NEWS: 2 Jul 2014, Health Quality Intelligence

A new way of presenting data has found hospital admission rates for asthma and indicators of asthma management vary between district health boards (DHBs).

Medication Safety programme update

NEWS: 25 Jun 2014, Medication Safety

The Commission is planning a three-year medication safety improvement programme on high-risk medicines across primary and secondary care settings, with an initial focus on reducing harm from opioids (eg, morphine and oxycodone) in secondary care.

Successful Show and Tell symposia held

NEWS: 23 Jun 2014, Partners in Care

The Health Quality & Safety Commission's consumer engagement team held two show and tell symposia in Auckland and Christchurch on 16 and 18 June 2014.

Report reveals surgical death rates

MEDIA RELEASE: 18 Jun 2014, Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

Media release from the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee regarding the release of the third report on death rates from surgery and anaesthesia.

Patient safety campaign showing results

NEWS: 30 May 2014, Open for better care

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has congratulated health professionals as a national patient safety campaign in hospitals marks its first anniversary.

Kensington Hospital joins campaign

NEWS: 30 May 2014, Open for better care

Kensington Hospital in Whangarei has demonstrated its commitment to patient safety by pledging support for Open for better care.

Clinical leads congratulate Open on its first anniversary

NEWS: 23 May 2014, Open for better care

Open for better care celebrates its first anniversary this month, and the clinical leads of the campaign’s topic areas have congratulated health care workers on their work over the past year to prevent patient harm.

Surgical Safety Checklist video released

NEWS: 19 May 2014, Open for better care

As part of the Open for better care national patient safety campaign, the Health Quality & Safety Commission has released a video on the use of the World Health Organization’s surgical safety check list.