E-newsletter  #5 April 2013


Hospitals and residential aged care in the Northern Region have come together to improve transfer of clinical information and improve care. March 2013 has seen the introduction of a ‘yellow envelope’ with an integrated check list of vital patient information for use when patients are transferred between residential aged care and hospital.This initiative, already in use in some other regions, was adapted from a model that had been successfully implemented in Northland. Regional teams joined forces to work together to create a new version that could be standardised and used across the Region. Read more

Seeing yellow in the interests of patient safety

Staff in the Northern Region involved in the national Target CLAB Zero programme are being congratulated for their success in improving safe care for patients requiring intensive care by reducing Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB) infections.

Waitemata DHB has achieved 404 days without any CLAB infections. Auckland DHB’s Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, despite having the highest usage of central lines in New Zealand, has been CLAB-free for 375 days to the end of February.  Read more

Northern Region celebrates CLAB-free milestones

From the ward to the board approach to reducing falls with major harm

A focus on patient safety is an ‘every day, every minute’ event throughout Auckland DHB. This focus in combination with a number of changes introduced is having an impact on the number of inpatients who suffer a fall with major harm.

“We have achieved a significant and sustained shift in falls with major harm over a six month period,” says Nurse Director Jane Lees.  Read more

If you would like to find out more about an aspect of the Northern Region’s patient safety campaign - First, Do No Harm - or have something relevant you’d like to share with the Region, let us know about it. Click here

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If you have recently noticed a flurry of communications activity relating to patient safety and falls in particular there’s a good reason for it. The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s national patient safety campaign is being officially launched in Auckland on May 17, putting the Northern Region firmly in the spotlight. 

The Auckland launch is in partnership with First Do No Harm, while other regions will be holding local launches in support of the national initiative. Read more

Spotlight on Northern Region for national patient safety campaign launch

Global Trigger Tool

A national Global Trigger Tool workshop hosted by the Health Quality & Safety Commission in partnership First, Do No Harm. Click here for more information.

Learning Session 3

The Northern Region’s Falls & Pressure Injuries Collaborative Learning Session 3 in partnership with First, Do No Harm and the Health of Older People Network is being held at Ko Awatea on 8 May 2013. For more information Click here

Phase 2 launch of the Falls and Pressure Injuries Collaborative

Designed for teams recently engaged in improvement activities who have not yet taken part in the First, Do No Harm and Health of Older People Network Learning Sessions, or for those who would like to start. Launch to take place on 28 June at Awhina Health Campus Conference Room, Waitakere, Waitemata DHB.

2013 Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum

The Asia Pacific region’s only major conference on quality improvement and innovation in healthcare, 2013 Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum is again being hosted by Ko Awatea and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) on 25 – 27 September at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre. Click here for more information.

Upcoming events in the Northern Region