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Mortality - HSMR a quality indicator

Mortality - HSMR a quality indicator

What are HSMRs?

Monitoring deaths among hospital patients has become one of the standard measures (outcomes) used internationally to help monitor the quality of care provided in hospitals. Mortality rates and ratios are only one component of a range of quality indicators.

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eReferrals

eReferrals

What is eReferrals?

eReferrals is a system that has been developed to enable secure communication from within a GPs electronic patient record direct to a District Health Board’s (DHB) electronic referral system with acknowledgment and tracking of the communication through every step of the journey.

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First elective surgical patient of the day

First elective surgical patient of the day

What is elective surgery at North Shore Hospital?

Elective surgeries are surgeries that are planned in advance, with most patients arriving and leaving the same day as their surgery. Waitemata DHB has six surgical specialties that use up to eight theatres for elective surgeries on any given weekday at North Shore Hospital.


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Safety in Practice: collaborative improvement in primary care

Safety in Practice: collaborative improvement in primary care

What is 'Safety in Practice'?

'Safety in Practice' in primary care is a collaborative programme led by Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB) with primary healthcare organisations (PHOs) in the Auckland region [find out more about the Safety in Practice programme]. We have adapted a methodology from NHS Scotland to improve patient safety within primary care.


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Electronic prescribing & administration (ePA)

Electronic prescribing & administration (ePA)

This is an update on a story about ePrescribing that we featured in our Quality Account 2012/2013 [view more about ePrescribing at Waitemata DHB].


Why is electronic prescribing & administration important?

Medicines are one of the highest causes of preventable harm to patients. International research suggests that approximately 50% of medication harm occurs during prescribing, 40% during administration, and 10% during dispensing and distribution. The Institute of Healthcare Improvement [1] recommends automation and computerisation as one of the most effective tools for preventing medication errors.

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Electronic medicines reconciliation

Electronic medicines reconciliation

What is electronic medicines reconciliation?

Electronic Medicines Reconciliation is a medication safety process that uses computer software to import and document an accurate list of a patient’s current medicines on admission to hospital. The list contains the full details of all medicines, as well as information on any allergies and previous adverse drug reactions. Pharmacists use the software to compare this list with what has been charted (prescribed) in hospital. Any discrepancies (differences) are identified, documented and resolved.

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A cognitive impairment pathway for primary care

A cognitive impairment pathway for primary care

GOALS:
To develop a dementia care pathway for the initial diagnosis and management of persons with cognitive impairment in primary care that has individual patient needs at the centre and provides:

  • accessible, proactive and integrated services that are flexible to meet a variety of needs
  • standardised advice on dementia care and services available

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WiFi: connecting patients and staff

WiFi: connecting patients and staff


GOALS:

  • Provide staff, patients and families with access to internet services
  • Improve clinical care by providing WiFi at the bedside
  • Support mobile technologies to work more effectively and efficiently
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Mission smokefree: journey for ProCare

Mission smokefree: journey for ProCare


GOALS:

  • Smokefree Aotearoa 2025Reduce the number of smokers across the ProCare* network in line with Smokefree Aotearoa 2025
  • Exceed target of 90% of smokers given brief advice and support set by Ministry of Health (up from 47%)
  • Improve ranking for national health target for ProCare* (from 29 out of 35 Primary Healthcare Organisations)

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Improving screening for oesophageal abnormalities

Improving screening for oesophageal abnormalities


GOAL:
Investigate the prevalance of oesophageal abnormalities in our Videofluoroscopic Study of Swallowing (VFSS) clinics

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