E-newsletter  #3 October 2012


As a Region we’ve come a long way since we started on our First, Do No Harm patient safety journey just over a year ago, but in some respects our journey is only just beginning. Our initial focus has been on building the capacity and capability for undertaking sustainable patient safety improvement processes. It’s important work that’s already leading to the introduction of some new initiatives, with many more underway. Read more

First, Do No Harm: a quick look over our first year

Improved measurement processes and targeted solutions are behind a reduction in hospital-acquired pressure injuries at Counties Manukau DHB.

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Counties Manukau DHB steps up to the challenge of reducing pressure injuries

Auckland DHB’s cluster model becomes contagious

Auckland DHB’s cluster approach is helping to reduce falls and pressure injuries in the age-related residential care sector. Plus there are wider benefits through increased engagement with the sector, including networking and learning together.
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At the request of people who missed First, Do No Harm’s Learning Session One and those who wanted another opportunity to take part in the regional Falls and Pressure Injuries Collaborative, a Mini-Learning Session was held on October 3.
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Mini-Learning Session big on enthusiasm

More CLAB-free months for Northern Region

Earlier this year the Northern Region celebrated a patient safety milestone, with no cases of central line-associated bacteraemia (CLAB) recorded in April. Now there is even more to celebrate, with the months of May and August also CLAB-free. “This is a very encouraging achievement which reflects focus and collaboration by participating project and clinical leads, microbiologists and infectious diseases physicians,” says Suzanne Proudfoot, CLAB Project and Campaign Manager, Ko Awatea.  Read more

Learning Session 2

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the Northern Region’s Falls and Pressure Injuries Collaborative in partnership with First, Do No Harm and Health of Older People Network. This is being held at Ko Awatea, Middlemore Hospital on November 5 and 6 and is pitched at key team members - such as clinical and quality support - working on falls and pressure injuries. Participants from previous learning sessions have found that having teams attend together has greatly increased their ability to make progress on quality improvement activities. Read more

A new patient story video is now on the First, Do No Harm website. Betty and Barbara’s story is that of 91-year old Betty who was taken to hospital following a fall. She remained in hospital for nine days and was soon to be discharged when she tripped on equipment left in a hospital toilet. This prolonged her stay by a further three weeks. Her confidence and independence were shaken and the cost of her treatment was much higher. The story is told from Betty’s perspective as well as that of her daughter, Barbara. The video includes commentary from Chris Pegg, Programme Manager for Health of Older People Clinical Network, and Dr Margaret Wilsher, Clinical Sponsor of the Northern Region Health Plan. View now

Patient story video