“The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) commenced as an independent statutory authority on 1 July 2011. The Australian, state and territory governments initially established the Commission in 2006 to lead and coordinate national improvements in healthcare safety and quality.
‘In Australia there is limited capacity to measure and monitor the degree to which health care benefits the patient (effectiveness) and how closely that care aligns with evidence-based practice (appropriateness).
‘Patients, clinicians and managers all want to be reassured that their healthcare organisation is safe. But there is no consensus about what we mean when we ask whether a healthcare organisation is safe or how this is achieved.’
‘Nurse involvement in quality improvement (QI) includes establishing processes for data collection, analysis, display, and dissemination. Importantly, nurses must examine QI data on a regular and close to real-time basis for improvements to be maintained and sustained’.
The British Medical Journal of Quality and Safety has published an interesting article on the Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle and in particular the testing of changes to improve quality of systems.
‘One of the major causes of medication errors is the ongoing use of potentially dangerous abbreviations and dose expressions.’
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the 2011 – 2012 OECD Health Care Quality Indicators for Australia. The report is an interesting read as it covers indicators for primary care, hospital acute care, mental health care, cancer servival, hospital patient safety and patient experience. Examples of the findings included the following:
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has recently updated their website to make it easier to find important information and resources, – in particular the Accreditation and NSQHS Standards section of the web site.
Did you know that the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety In Healthcare has produced a risk matrix to support the management of workplace immunisation?
‘Workforce immunisation will cover a variety of specific vaccinations depending on the risks associated with the work place. This risk assessment can be used by an organisation as part of their process to manage risk in the workforce.