Welcome to the second update about the forthcoming Patient Safety Campaign.
Development work continues at a fast pace! The campaign will be launched in the first half of next year and aims to reduce harm in the areas of healthcare associated infections, surgery, medication and falls. It will support, build on and bring a further focus to the patient safety initiatives already underway throughout New Zealand.
Our current focus is:
Specific areas of focus within the four priority areas
The campaign aims to reduce harm in four areas – healthcare associated infections, surgery, medication and falls. There are interventions in each of these areas that could be undertaken to reduce harm. In order to have measureable improvement during the campaign, there will be a specific focus on one or more interventions within each priority area. The interventions chosen will have proven effectiveness, such as a successful history in other health care settings.
The Commission has existing work programmes across each of the four focus areas, as do a number of DHBs. The campaign will profile specific interventions from within these work programmes. As the campaign progresses, the interventions profiled may change, as foundation work on one is completed, or it progresses to a maintenance phase and the campaign looks to profile a new intervention.
For each of the four areas, we initially propose to support the following interventions.
Reducing health care associated infections through:
Surgery – reducing perioperative harm through:
Reducing harm from medication, with a focus on medicines reconciliation
Reducing harm from falls through:
Evidence stocktake and resource development
Over the next three months, for each priority area, we will:
This work will enable us to identify gaps in existing information and resources on preventing harm, and we can then begin to develop campaign resources – these could be learning sessions, presentations by clinical experts, ‘how to’ guides, planning, measurement and implementation tools etc.
We will circulate a further campaign update in mid-November.
Health Quality & Safety Commission Campaign Team