With the launch of the latest Open for better care campaign topic, health providers and practitioners are being asked to turn their focus to the important issue of medication safety. Elizabeth Wood, Nelson-based GP and a member of the South Island Alliance Quality and Safety Group tells us why she...
A new podcast from Southern Cross Hospitals presents information on venous thromboembolism (VTE), as part of the Reducing Perioperative Harm focus of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Open for better care campaign.
Southern Cross Brightside are the winners of a competition to create an entertaining, educational-style safety video, with a focus on reducing perioperative harm. The competition was run by the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Open for better care campaign (and in partnership with First, Do No Harm in the Northern region).
Preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) is part of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s ongoing Reducing Perioperative Harm programme. The Open for better care campaign promoted VTE risk assessments and appropriate intervention for all patients having surgery.
The chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Perioperative Harm Advisory Group, Mr Ian Civil, with support from other advisory group members, has presented at hospital grand rounds throughout the country during the campaign.
Approximately half of hospital adverse events relate to theatre procedures. Surgical complications and adverse outcomes have been linked to a lack of communication and coordination among surgical teams. These communication breakdowns may lead to team members being or feeling uninformed or misinformed. 
As part of Patient Safety Week, the Commission is excited to be hosting human factors specialist Professor James (Jim) Bagian who will be delivering a series of interactive workshops in the first week of November.