Welcome to the third update about the forthcoming national patient safety campaign.
The campaign goals are to save lives, prevent adverse events and save money so it can be spent on other areas of health care. Work is currently underway to quantify these savings.
The national patient safety campaign will align and work with existing patient safety initiatives, and aims to strengthen and support the development of improvement in patient safety. The focus will be on initiatives that are proven, and which fit within providers’ existing quality and safety strategies.
The campaign will focus on reducing harm in the following four areas, falls, healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), medication and surgery. In these areas it will align and work with existing patient safety campaign initiatives, such as the First, Do No Harm campaign underway in the Northern Region, and other local and national initiatives, such as Hand Hygiene New Zealand.
A phased approach
The national campaign will be launched in the first half of next year and will be phased, with ‘reducing falls’ as the first focus. The exact launch date is being confirmed. A further update will be sent in early 2013 and we will let you know about the events and activities being planned and how you can participate.
The campaign will support the development of national, regional and local clinical leaders and consumer champions. It will have:
Engaging with the sector
The Commission has so far met with over 20 sector groups and over 200 individuals to discuss the campaign, with the following feedback:
Requests for a regional approach:
Requests for a broader scope, beyond hospitals and patients:
The case for change
Research shows that simple changes in clinical practice can lead to big reductions in harm.
The right interventions can reduce these events by 25–30 percent. A 25–30 percent reduction in falls and HCAIs alone would mean 25–30 deaths avoided annually, which would mean $2m–2.5m in savings. This is only a very small subset of the harm that could be prevented, and the savings that could be made.
There will be a four-pronged evaluation approach:
For more information
Further information about the patient safety campaign can be found on the Commission’s website: www.hqsc.govt.nz.
The next campaign update will be circulated early next year.
Health Quality & Safety Commission Campaign Team