Spotlight on safety at ‘global trigger tool’ workshop

Global Trigger Tool workshop4

11 July 2012
The First, Do No Harm campaign team has hosted a ‘Global Trigger Tool’ workshop, attracting almost 30 participants and presenters from across the Northern Region.

It was the first of many events to be held under the First, Do No Harm banner – a coordinated patient safety campaign involving the Northern Region DHBs (Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau), plus the primary care and age-related residential care sectors.

The session focused on use of the Global Trigger Tool – an internationally-recognised system for identifying adverse events causing harm to patients.

The Global Trigger Tool can help healthcare organisations to better estimate the frequency and types of adverse events and monitor changes in rates of harm over time.

Representatives from Primary Health Care Northland and Manaia Health PHO participated in the workshop, with the latter sharing its progress on developing and piloting a general practice Trigger Tool.

This initiative has been funded as part of the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s Quality Challenge.

First, Do No Harm Clinical Lead Karen O’Keeffe said the involvement of primary care represented an important step in regional collaboration on patient safety.

“We are working hard on breaking down the barriers and fostering the sense that we are all part of the same health system, so it was critical to have primary care leaders involved in the workshop,” Karen said.

“The session challenged us all to look at how we are applying the Global Trigger Tool and assess how best to use the data we are finding to translate into improvements in patient safety.

“There is an appetite across the region and across sectors for reducing harm to our patients and to learn our way into improvement together through better sharing of information.

“We discussed using the information we gather to raise awareness among clinical staff of the types and frequency of harm that is commonly occurring.

“This process will take time but we are on the journey together and the interest from primary care in reducing patient harm is welcome.”