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NMC Change Poster
National medication chart – review and design changes

NEWS: 27 Aug 2012, Medication Safety

The national medication chart has been reviewed and design changes made with the aim of balancing the needs of all clinicians and patient populations. Posters showing these changes are being sent out on Friday 31 August.

Health Quality & Safety Indicators

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These are a set of high level measures which are designed to provide the public and the health and disability sector with a clear picture of the quality and safety of health services in New Zealand.

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Commission launches New Zealand Atlas of Healthcare Variation

NEWS: 29 Jun 2012, Health Quality Intelligence

The New Zealand Atlas of Healthcare Variation is a new tool from the Commission for clinicians and users and providers of health services. It shows variation between the health care received by people in different geographical regions.

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.

Introduction of a standardised medication chart

NEWS: 17 Jan 2011, Medication Safety

Beth Loe, National Co-ordinator on the District Health Boards New Zealand Safe and Quality Use of Medicines Group, is co-ordinating the design of a standardised medication chart for adult medication and surgical inpatients to be introduced nationally.

Dr Janice Wilson on the quality and safety challenge

NEWS: 28 Apr 2011, Partners in Care

Dr Janice Wilson has been Chief Executive of the Commission since mid-February 2011. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director-General in the Population Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health. In her first public comment since taking up her new role, s

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.

Atlas of Healthcare Variation

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Reporting on variations in health care practices and the reasons behind them so we can make sure we're providing the best possible services.

Hand hygiene

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Improving hand hygiene is a simple but vital measure in the fight against healthcare-associated infections.