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Hawke's Bay DHB signs patient safety pledge

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Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s chair and chief executive have signed a pledge supporting New Zealand’s national patient safety campaign.

The pledge, Open for better care, has been co-ordinated by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and is being implemented by district health boards and other health providers.

The aim is to reduce harm and save lives in hospitals nationwide by focusing on four key areas where evidence shows it is possible to reduce patient harm - falls, surgery, healthcare associated infections and medications

Chief executive Kevin Snee said Hawke’s Bay added an additional pledge - to work across sectors and promote equitable health outcomes for all.

Dr Snee said Open for better care would help ensure a culture that was open to new ideas and an environment where clinical excellence could shine, but most importantly it was about getting it right for patients."

"There are targeted campaigns running to reduce falls both in hospital and in the community. We have put some very good processes in place around reducing hospital acquired infections - but there is a lot more to be done some of which will mean a different way of working so patients could be assured we get it right first time."

Chair Kevin Atkinson said initiatives that were patient focused could only be good.

"The highly skilled health workforce in Hawke’s Bay could only flourish in an environment committed to patient safety," he said

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