WDHB achieves significant drop in serious and sentinel events

21 November 2012
Following today’s release of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Serious and Sentinel Event report, Wanganui Hospital is satisfied that the care it delivers to patients is safe and that when an incident does occur which causes harm, it is thoroughly investigated.
The report shows Wanganui Hospital having three incidents that caused harm to patients in the 2011-2012 year – two of them falls which are the leading causes of harm in New Zealand hospitals and the third, surgery performed on the wrong part of a patient’s body.
“While three events are three too many, we are pleased that this is a significant improvement on the nine reported events in the 2010 – 2011 year,” Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson says.
“Wanganui Hospital has a robust process in place to ensure every incident of harm is thoroughly investigated, that the findings of investigations are shared with the patient and/or family and that any recommendations to prevent that harm happening again are implemented,” Mrs Patterson says.
“Our falls prevention programme is also intensive and I do believe that the drop in the number of incidents reflects how hard WDHB staff are working to improve the care and safety of our patients at all times.”
Summaries of the three incidents that caused harm to Wanganui Hospital patients can be found on the WDHB website
Meanwhile, the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Serious and Sentinel Event report can be viewed at www.hqsc.govt.nz