The Commission, in consultation with clinical experts from across Australia, has developed the hospital-acquired complications (HACs) information kit. The kit has been developed to improve the safety and quality of health services, and outcomes for Australian patients.
The information kit includes a suite of resources for clinicians, safety and quality professionals, managers and executives, governing bodies and others, to put in place strategies that reduce the occurrence of HACs. Monitoring HACs, and using strategies in the information kit to reduce the occurrence of HACs, can be used as evidence during accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service standards.
The HACs information kit includes three elements:
The resources within the HACs information kit can be accessed here:
5. Unplanned intensive care unit admission1
HACs should be monitored at multiple levels within health services, including by clinicians, managers and governing bodies. Monitoring HACs enables the identification and exploration of issues and the implementation of strategies to reduce them in line with those outlined in the information kit.
High or rising rates of HACs indicate that efforts are needed to understand and reduce these rates. Conversely low and falling rates of HACs can signify success stories, which should be shared to support quality improvement and maintenance.
Resources developed by the Commission and the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to support monitoring of HACs at the local level include:
1 A fact sheet has not been prepared for HAC 5, which relates to ‘unplanned intensive care unit admission’. See the introduction of the HACs information kit for further information.
Last updated: 29 March 2018