WDHB welcomes publication of new health quality and safety markers

27 June 2013

Whanganui District Health Board has welcomed the publication of new health data designed to encourage district health boards to have ongoing steps in place to improve their patient safety.
WDHB director of nursing Sandy Blake says she is proud that WDHB staff actively contributed to the development of the health quality and safety markers released for the first time today by Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew.
“And we are very pleased to have achieved the desired level of performance in two of the focus areas,” Mrs Blake says.  “We recognise that the desired levels in all four areas set by the Health Quality and Safety Commission are achievable, however, our hospital will be aiming for 100 percent. These are all simple processes we know make a big difference in our delivery of safe care to our patients.”  
Mrs Blake says it’s important to note that these are process markers and that DHBs self-assess themselves against them.
“What’s important to me is that Whanganui DHB is confident in the integrity and robustness of our self-assessment process.”
The results for Whanganui were:

Marker description Percentage Desired level
PERI-OPERATVE HARM: Are we doing the right things? Percentage of operations where all three parts of the surgical checklist are used. 79 90
FALLS: Are we doing the right things? Percentage of older patients assessed for the risk of falling 79 90
HAND HYGIENE: Are we doing the right things? Percentage of compliant moments of hand hygiene. 74             2013 Q1   70
CLAB  (Central Line Associated Bacteraemia): Are we doing the right things? Percentage of occasions insertion bundle used by quarter 2012. 94             2012 Q4 90
Health Quality & Safety Commission chair Professor Alan Merry says no DHBs have performed at the highest level in all areas, or performed badly in all areas.
“The markers show some really great work and commitment by DHBs to quality of services and patient safety, but there is also room for improvement,” says Professor Merry.
Quality and Safety Markers baseline data for each DHB is published on the Commission's website. More information on the Open for better care campaign can be found at www.open.hqsc.govt.nz/.