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Posted 25 Oct 2013 in Open for better care

Southern DHB is Open for better care. Southern District Health Board (DHB) is hosting the Health Quality & Safety Commission's Open for better care campaign booths at Dunedin and Southland Hospitals this week, to raise awareness of the national campaign which promotes simple interventions to reduce patient harm.
The campaign focuses on four key areas for improved patient safety and better health outcomes reducing patient harm from hospital acquired infections, falls, surgery and medication. This provides an active framework to support the DHB to deliver its local aspirational "Zero Harm" campaign.
The DHB has pledged its commitment to the Open for better care campaign, which challenges health care workers to be open to acknowledging mistakes, and learning from them; open to working closely with patients and consumers; and open to change, improvement and innovation.
The booths will be run by Health Quality & Safety Commission staff and DHB staff, including patient safety champions, to raise awareness about the campaign and promote some of the initiatives already underway across the district to reduce patient harm.
"Southern DHB is pleased to be holding booths to profile our involvement in the national patient safety campaign," says Carole Heatly, chief executive of Southern DHB. "Open for better care has allowed us to bring a focus to the great patient safety work already underway in our DHB, and provides us with an opportunity to build on that work. The South Island DHBs are working on a combined regional approach which includes all the region's DHBs, and we are fully committed to improving outcomes for patients and communities across the region."
The DHB's investment in patient saftety is part the larger Performance Excellence and Quality Improvement Strategy being delivered by Southern, and is fully aligned with the DHB's commitment to achieving its Southern Way vision and four-fold aim.
The event follows the recent signing of a pledge of campaign support by the DHB's board chair Joe Butterfield and chief executive officer Carole Heatly. The booths will be open from 10am to 2pm near the main entrance at Dunedin Hospital (29 October) and outside the cafe at Southland Hospital (30 October). Media are invited to attend from 10.30am to 11.15am.
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