Patient safety campaign showing results

The national patient safety campaign in hospitals, 'Open for better care', was launched last year to help make healthcare safer and reduce harm to patients. The campaign focuses on the consistent use of simple interventions that are proven to improve patient safety.

All 20 district health boards and 19 private surgical hospitals have signed up to the campaign, which is coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Improvements have been made nationally in the Health Quality and Safety Markers. These include a rise in fall assessments for older people, improved practices for infection and good hygiene, and increased use of the WHO surgical safety checklist to reduce avoidable complications from surgery.

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