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‘Rounding’ for better patient care: An evaluation of an improvement intervention implementation (Australia)
posted by HIIRC Admin on 11 March 2014
In this qualitative study, the authors report on the effectiveness of the implementation of rounding as improvement projects in two clinical units in their hospital. Focus groups and in-depth interviews "... revealed that although the idea of rounding was well intended, it was not as effectively implemented as it might have been. Consequently, lessons have been learnt about the difficulties of changing clinician behaviour and will inform a new attempt at implementation".

To read the full abstract, and for information on how to access the full text, go to: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12244

Telling New Zealand’s quality story: posted by HIIRC Admin on 7 March 2014
posted by HIIRC Admin on 7 March 2014
The Health Quality & Safety Commission held a successful workshop in Wellington last week, to review the first complete set of Quality Accounts by district health boards (DHBs).Quality Accounts are annual reports to the public (similar to financial accounts) from providers of health and disability services about the quality of the services they provide. They are an important tool to engage local communities in discussions about improving health care quality.
To read more and to access the quality accounts for all DHBs for 2012-2013, go to: http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/news-and-events/news/1390/

Health Quality & Safety Commission welcomes new Board members:
posted by HIIRC Admin on 7 March 2014
Health Quality & Safety Commission Chair Prof Alan Merry is delighted to welcome three new Board members. Heather Shotter, Robert Henderson and Gwendoline Tepania-Palmer have been appointed to the Commission Board, while Geraint Martin and Anthea Penny leave the Board following the expiry of their terms.

Read more about the new Commission Board members.

Safety and Quality: The role of intensive care with Rapid Response Teams Conference
(Melbourne) on 7–8 July 2014
posted by HIIRC Admin on 12 March 2014
To improve the detection, recognition and response to deteriorating ward patients Australian and New Zealand clinicians pioneered Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Medical Emergency Teams. Two thirds of ICUs in Australia and New Zealand are involved in Rapid Response Systems.

The aims of this conference are to discuss RRTs and the ICU community in Australia and New Zealand. The programme will explore ICU medical and nursing aspects of the RRT, teamwork within and outcomes of call reviews, as well as ICU’s role in the broader hospital culture of patient safety.

For further information about this conference, go to: http://www.sqao-anzics.com/

Safe environment and safe care: Essential in preventing falls
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre 18 February 2014
An interactive PDF of topic 4 of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's 10 topics in reducing harm from falls. ...more

After a fall: what should happen?
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre 18 February 2014
An interactive PDF of topic 5 of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's 10 topics in reducing harm from falls. ...more

Why hip fracture prevention and care matters
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre 18 February 2014
An interactive PDF of topic 6 of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's 10 topics in reducing harm from falls. ...more

Vitamin D and falls: What you need to know
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre 18 February 2014
An interactive PDF of topic 7 of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's 10 topics in reducing harm from falls. ...more

Medicines: Balancing benefits and falls risks
Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre 18 February 2014
An interactive PDF of topic 8 of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's 10 topics in reducing harm from falls. ...more

Daughter’s shock death devastating
The New Zealand Herald. Sunday 9 Feb
Sent to three different hospitals before being diagnosed with tear in aorta – family call for no transfer without diagnosis ...more