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Posted 10 Dec 2013 in Open for better care

The New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) has endorsed Open for better care as part of its commitment to sharing best practice in quality and safety.

With members of the Association providing procedures for approximately 149,000 patients each year – about 60 percent of all elective surgery performed in New Zealand – pledging support to the national patient safety campaign was an obvious next step in furthering NZPSHA’s strong links with the Commission, says Association president Greg Brooks.

“One of our key priorities is working collaboratively on quality and safety, and we have many initiatives in place to achieve this. We value our close relationship with the Commission and fully support the four key areas of the campaign,” he says.

The Association has put increased emphasis on quality in recent years, running seminars to share learnings and introducing quality awards to celebrate best practice.

Carey Campbell, a member of the Association’s executive and head of its quality portfolio, says whilst there has been a great deal of work undertaken in the past on patient safety, there has, at times, been a single focus or a single discipline charged with the responsibility.

“The added value of the Open campaign approach is that it is multi-faceted and all disciplines are actively working together, taking joint responsibility to improve patient safety,” she says.

“It’s also important that we work with and engage patients and families. Hand hygiene and medication management are two examples where patients and families play a key role in improving safety.”

The four focus areas of the campaign are falls, surgical site infections (SSIs), surgery and medication. Preventing SSIs is particularly important to the association, with some member organisations already having a number of years’ experience with SSI data collection.

In addition to the Association’s collective support for Open for better care, a growing number of the Association’s members are individually endorsing the campaign.