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Change to orthopaedic surgery reporting

NEWS: 22 Sep 2016, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has decided to stop reporting skin antisepsis preparation as a quality and safety marker (QSM) for orthopaedic surgery. Reporting on skin antisepsis preparation will continue for cardiac surgery.

Waikato DHB's success with frontline ownership

NEWS: 20 Sep 2016, Infection Prevention & Control

Frontline ownership (FLO) is giving staff at Waikato District Health Board (DHB) a new way of improving patient care, and they are loving every minute of it.

Celebrating the 'Open for better care' campaign

NEWS: 28 Jul 2016

After three years, the 'Open for better care' campaign has drawn to a close. Please enjoy this light-hearted – but very heart-felt – thank you from the staff at the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Celebrating the Open for better care campaign

NEWS: 28 Jul 2016, Open for better care

After three years, the Open for better care campaign has drawn to a close. We hope you enjoy this light-hearted – but very heart-felt – thank you from the staff at the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

MORSim rollout to start in November

NEWS: 21 Jul 2016

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is supporting MORSim (Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation) – a national training intervention programme for surgical teams.

Frequently asked questions about the Safe Surgery NZ programme

PUBLICATION: 1 Jul 2016, Safe Surgery NZ

This document covers frequently asked questions for the Safe Surgery NZ programme including the surgical safety checklist, briefing, debriefing and collection of data for the safe surgery quality and safety marker.

Surgical safety checklist posters

PUBLICATION: 30 Jun 2016, Safe Surgery NZ

Full set of surgical safety checklist posters, including sign in, time out, sign out, start-of-list briefing and end-of-list debriefing.

Open Book: Incorrect assembly of surgical equipment (June 2016)

PUBLICATION: 30 Jun 2016, Adverse Events

This report alerts providers to key findings and actions following review of two incidents in different organisations where surgical equipment was assembled incorrectly resulting in patient harm in the operating theatre.

Information about the Safe Surgery NZ programme quality and safety marker

PUBLICATION: 28 Nov 2019, Safe Surgery NZ

This factsheet is provided to support district health board (DHB) surgical teams in their work to measure the impact of the teamwork and communication interventions and submit quality and safety marker (QSM) data to the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Report finds small increased risk of death from weekend surgery

MEDIA RELEASE: 9 Jun 2016, Perioperative Mortality Review Committee

The latest report from the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC) has found that there is a slightly greater likelihood that people will die following surgery, if that surgery is carried out in the weekend.