WDHB releases Serious Adverse Events results for 2013

21 November 2013
Today’s release of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Serious Adverse Events report shows Wanganui Hospital as having three reported incidents which caused harm to patients in the 2012-2013 year – two of them falls (the leading cause of harm in New Zealand hospitals) and the third, the unexpected death of a baby.
“While we always strive to deliver safe care to our patients and thoroughly investigate incidents which sadly do occur, we will always consider even one event as one too many,” Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson says.
“What does provide us with comfort is that the number hasn’t risen from the three events reported last year and we know that these three incidents in each of those years is a significant improvement on the nine reported events in 2010–2011.”
Mrs Patterson says Wanganui Hospital is proud of the robust process it has 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.
“Our intense falls prevention programme is a good example of our commitment to improving 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 here.
Meanwhile, the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Serious and Sentinel Event report can be viewed at www.hqsc.govt.nz