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Three-fold opioid variation a cue to look at prescribing

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 12:34 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Evidence that the number of people being given one of the most dangerous classes of medicine varies up to three-fold around New Zealand is a cue for hospitals and primary health care providers to take a close look at their prescribing, says the ... More >>

Hospital patients urged to take part in care survey

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 12:53 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is encouraging people to join the growing number of patients helping district health boards (DHBs) assess the quality of care in public hospitals. For the Commission’s third patient experience survey, 6000 ... More >>

People encouraged to ask pharmacists about their medicines

Friday, 20 February 2015, 11:33 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Taking control of your medicines to help stay on the right track with your health could be as simple as talking to a pharmacist, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission. More >>

Children and young people deaths reduced by half since 1980

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 9:55 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The number of children and young people who die in New Zealand each year has more than halved since 1980, a new report shows. More >>

Patient experience survey proves its value

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 10:54 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s new national survey of public hospital inpatients is proving its value as a tool for identifying where care improvement is necessary. More >>

Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:24 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths More >>

Safety checks for swimming pools help prevent drowning

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 11:25 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Is the latch on the gate to your swimming pool working properly? Are there any parts of the fence small children might crawl under? Checking these and other aspects of a pool is one of the things New Zealanders can do to help children stay safe this ... More >>

Safe sleeping practices for babies reduce risks

Friday, 5 December 2014, 9:31 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

It is never too early for parents and parents-to-be to learn about safe sleeping practices for babies, says the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Friday 5 December is National Safe Sleep Day, an annual awareness-raising event organised by Whakawhetu ... More >>

New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics

Monday, 17 November 2014, 9:29 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

New Zealanders urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week and New Zealanders are being urged to go easy on their use of antibiotics. The Health Quality & Safety Commission has joined Australia, the United States, Canada ... More >>

New health literacy resource helps patients plan GP visits

Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 9:29 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

For many New Zealanders, GP and pharmacy visits are their most frequent interaction with health services, but are they getting as much out of them as they could? Let’s PLAN for better care, launched as part of the inaugural Patient Safety Week, 3 to ... More >>

First national patient experience results published

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 9:57 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission today released results from the first national survey of hospital inpatients. A sample of hospital inpatients from all over the country were asked to rate their experience in the four key areas of: communication, ... More >>

First national patient experience results published

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 9:46 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Health Quality & Safety Commission today released results from the first national survey of hospital inpatients. A sample of hospital inpatients from all over the country were asked to rate their experience in the four key areas of: communication, ... More >>

Ex-NASA astronaut leads safety workshops

Monday, 3 November 2014, 9:38 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A former NASA astronaut will be incorporating safety principles learned in the US space programme when he leads workshops for New Zealand health professionals organised by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The workshops are part of the Commission’s ... More >>

Increased reporting and learning from events focus of report

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:48 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Increased reporting and a growing focus on learning from events are features of the release of the 2013/14 serious adverse events (SAEs) reported by district health boards (DHBs). The annual report, released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission ... More >>

International Infection Prevention Week

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:47 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

International Infection Prevention Week, October 20-26, is a reminder that infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility – whether you are a patient, family member or health care professional, says the Health Quality ... More >>

High-risk medicines must be treated with respect

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 9:48 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

16 October 2014 The consequences of an adverse drug event (ADE) are only too clear to Taranaki man John Smith, who became seriously ill after taking warfarin, following a heart attack. An integral part of Mr Smith’s treatment was an International Normalised ... More >>

World Thrombosis Day aims to raise awareness about VTE

Friday, 10 October 2014, 10:29 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Claire McLintock, a New Zealand representative on the governing council of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), hopes the organisation’s inaugural World Thrombosis Day will raise awareness of a massive killer she describes as a ... More >>

World Thrombosis Day aims to raise awareness about VTE

Friday, 10 October 2014, 9:51 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

Claire McLintock, a New Zealand representative on the governing council of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), hopes the organisation’s inaugural World Thrombosis Day will raise awareness of a massive killer she describes as a ... More >>

Committee calls for radical change towards family violence

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 10:53 am | Health Quality and Safety Commission

The fourth report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) calls for a radical change in the way New Zealand responds to its most dangerous and chronic cases of family violence. More >>

Report backs up link between smoking, obesity and stillbirth

Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 1:34 pm | Health Quality and Safety Commission

A report from the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) has provided further evidence of the link between smoking, obesity and stillbirth. More >>

 

 

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