With the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards firmly established, many hospitals across Australia have now been through the accreditation process and are well under way with driving safety and quality systems to improve the quality of health care.
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards include the following
- Standard 1 – Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations
- Standard 2 – Partnering with Consumers
- Standard 3 – Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections
- Standard 4 – Medication Safety
- Standard 5 – Patient Identification and Procedure Matching
- Standard 6 – Clinical Handover
- Standard 7 – Blood and Blood Products
- Standard 8 – Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries
- Standard 9 – Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care
- Standard 10 – Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls
So far we’ve run many conferences on the standards and below we outline some tips, strategies and more information to help you implement the Standards. We hope you find them useful!
Standard 2- Partnering with consumers
Standard 3 – Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections
Standard 4 – Medication Safety
Standard 6 – Clinical Handover
If you are further along the process, the issue of how to measure whether you are meeting the standards, and the collection of data remains a challenge. The threat of losing accreditation and the issues of re-licensing, the financial impacts for private hospitals and the poor publicity for public hospitals all pose a very real problem.