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NSQHS Standards Guide for multi-purpose services and small hospitals

The purpose of this guide is to assist health service organisations to align their patient safety and quality improvement programs using the framework of the NSQHS Standards (second edition).

Multi-purpose services and small hospitals typically have fewer than 50 beds, provide many different services and are geographically isolated from larger hospitals. This guide includes examples of suggested reflective questions, strategies for improvement and resources that multi-purpose services and small hospitals can use to implement the NSQHS Standards.

For multi-purpose services, the NSQHS Standards apply to both the acute and aged care sections of the service. The definition of ‘patients’ and ‘consumers’ in this guide includes residents of a multi-purpose service.


NSQHS Standards Guide for multi-purpose services and small hospitals

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