Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
Health care is a complex process, has associated risks and that patients may become harmed when receiving care intended to help them. Hauora Tairāwhiti is committed to providing safe and quality care by putting the patient at the centre of everything we do. Whilst we acknowledge that adverse events can take place, we are always looking at new strategies to prevent them. Each year DHBs are required to release information relating to adverse events which have occurred within their hospitals.
An adverse event is one which has resulted in significant additional treatment, major loss of function, is life-threatening or has led to an unexpected death. The DHB is required to review these events and report them to the Health, Quality & Safety Commission. The Commission then collates this information and it is published on their website www.hqsc.govt.nz
Each adverse event is thoroughly reviewed to look for opportunities to learn and implement improvements to avoid such incidents in the future.
Hauora Tairawhiti's adverse event report for 2016/17 was released on 24 November 2017. There were 6 adverse events reported to the commission which is a decrease on last year (eight for 2015/16). Three of these events are still being investigated.