Safety and quality update: August 2021

13 August 2021

New this month: 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard, Entries open for ACHS Quality Improvement Awards, SafeScript NSW website launched, WebAIRS update, ANZTADC vacancy

Safety alerts

For all safety alerts see here.

2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) recently released the 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard. This is an update to the 2017 Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infections Standard. The 2021 standard introduces a new action under 3.02:
“The health service organisation:

  • Establishes multidisciplinary teams to identify and manage risks associated with infections using the hierarchy of controls in conjunction with infection prevention and control systems.”

For further information and to read the standard, see the Commission’s website.

Entries open for ACHS Quality Improvement Awards

Submissions are now open for the 2021 ACHS Quality Improvement (QI) awards which promote safety and quality in health care in three categories:

  • Clinical excellence and patient safety.
  • Non-clinical service delivery.
  • Healthcare measurement.

All ACHS member healthcare organisations, including Clinical Indicator Program members, can enter, and submissions close on Friday 10 September 2021 at 5pm AEDT. For more information visit the ACHS QI Awards page.                      

SafeScript NSW website launched

NSW Health has launched a dedicated SafeScript NSW website with information tailored to health practitioners and consumers. SafeScript NSW is a real time prescription monitoring system that provides prescribers and pharmacists with information about a patient’s prescription history for certain high-risk medicines.
Accredited eLearning modules, face to face and virtual learning sessions, and other support resources will be added to the website soon.                 

WebAIRS update

ANZTADC committee member, Dr Russell Rarity, will present on: Advisory Notices for Anaesthetists – Alerts issued by WebAIRS based on case reports at the Aotearoa New Zealand Anaesthesia ASM 2021, on 30 October 2021. The theme for the meeting is Whakaora (To Heal): Our Patients, Ourselves, Our City, Our Planet. Early bird registration closes on September 26, 2021.

ANZTADC vacancy

The Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee (ANZTADC) is seeking an ANZCA fellow with an interest in patient safety and quality to fill a vacancy. For further information see here.

Last updated 15:19 13.08.2021