Bidwill Trust Hospital joins national patient safety campaign



Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has congratulated Bidwill Trust Hospital in Timaru on joining the national campaign to improve patient safety. 

Mrs Goodhew visited the hospital today to witness the signing of the pledge of support for Open for better care, which she launched last year. Bidwill Hospital is the fifth private hospital to sign the pledge and as one on the smallest in New Zealand this is a real achievement.

The campaign focuses on four areas where evidence shows it is possible to reduce patient harm – falls, infections, surgery and medication.

Coordinated nationally by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, Open for better care challenges health care workers to be open to acknowledging mistakes and learning from them; open to working closely with patients and consumers; and open to change, improvement and innovation.

Quality and safety have always been priorities for Bidwill Trust Hospital. In 2009 the hospital won the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association’s national quality award.

The hospital has already begun putting some of the campaign’s recommendations on preventing falls into practice including a falls assessment, staff training and a resource booklet.

A hand hygiene initiative from the World Health Organisation has been implemented in the hospital which includes ongoing education of staff, patients and visitors and audit of hand hygiene practice.

Another initiative introduced at the hospital in response to international research was “scrub the hub” this involves improved preparation of the skin and hub when administering intravenous catheter medications. To date no blood stream infections have been reported.

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