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Patient safety: the rising star of clinical care

NEWS: 24 Oct 2012

This is the keynote address by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation, delivered to the 29th International Conference of the International Society for Quality in Health Care, Geneva Switzerland.

HIIRC June 2012 Update

NEWS: 28 Jun 2012

The Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre (HIIRC) website contains the latest New Zealand and overseas health news and information.

The latest news from Health Quality Evaluation programme

NEWS: 19 Jun 2012, Health Quality Intelligence

An update from the Commission's Health Quality Evaluation programme, including information on the forthcoming atlas of healthcare variation and the latest news on the health quality and safety indicators and quality and safety markers.

Eminent surgeon to lead new trauma network

NEWS: 23 May 2012

Mr Ian Civil has been appointed Network Clinical Leader of a new Major Trauma National Clinical Network. The new network aims to ensure that the very best level of care is provided consistently across New Zealand to severely injured people.

Perioperative mortality review report welcomed

NEWS: 20 Feb 2012, Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) welcomes today’s (February 15) release of the inaugural report from New Zealand’s Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC)

First steps towards national post-surgery mortality review system

NEWS: 6 Mar 2012, Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

Having a better understanding of deaths that occur in the days and weeks following surgery and anaesthesia will help reduce harm to patients, says the Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Notifying urgent after-hours laboratory results - Whanganui DHB

NEWS: 13 Jan 2011, Adverse Events

Whanganui DHB has implemented a process for notifying urgent after-hours laboratory results for patients who are not in hospital – that is, those patients who have been to the emergency department, had day surgery, or are outpatients.

Commission Chair urges correct use of Surgical Safety Checklist

NEWS: 16 Jul 2011, Safe Surgery NZ

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Surgical Safety Checklist in 2009, and on the face of it, uptake has been impressive. Three large studies published in major journals all show substantial reductions in mortality and morbidity.

BMJ study finds gumboots no protection from blood splashes

NEWS: 28 Aug 2011, Infection Prevention & Control

A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, and reported in the Dominion Post, says blood found its way into nearly 60 percent of gumboots worn by surgery staff in theatre.

Surgery
Making New Zealand Hospitals Safer

NEWS: 17 Nov 2010, Adverse Events

The Commission has released the 2009/2010 report of serious and sentinel events across the country’s District Health Boards (DHBs).