Clinical leadership continues to be crucial to the success of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Safe Surgery NZ programme. In particular, the surgical teamwork and communication intervention, a core component of the programme.
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.