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2010
Publication, report or update
2020
Publication, report or update

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard was amended in 2020. The update included the addition of a fourth indicator for sessile serrated adenoma detection. 

2020
Publication, report or update

This Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard was developed by the Commission in collaboration with consumers, clinicians, researchers and health service organisations. It complements existing efforts, including state and territory-based initiatives, which support the prevention of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE) in hospital and follow-up care in the community.

The standard was updated in January 2020. Amendments included a review and update of hyperlinks in the document, and guidance regarding dosing of medicines used to help prevent VTE in obese people (Quality statements 1 and 5).

An Implementation Guide for the Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard was released in December 2020.

2008
Publication, report or update

This project investigates the current use and potential benefits of technological solutions to patient misidentification in the Australian healthcare setting and its application to safety and quality to the Commission.

2010
Publication, report or update
2008
Publication, report or update

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care reports annually on the state of healthcare safety and quality in Australia.

The Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care 2008 provides windows onto a range of safety and quality issues. It offers safety and quality insights in a number of settings and from various perspectives.

Chapters in this report include:

  • Healthcare Rights: Will patients’ rights be respected?
  • Patient Identification: Will patients be correctly identified?
  • Medication Safety: Will adverse drug events be reduced?
  • Handover: How is patient care transferred safely?
  • Healthcare Associated Infections: Can healthcare associated infections be prevented?
  • Open Disclosure: Will patients be told about things that go wrong in their health care?
  • Accreditation: What does accreditation of a health service mean for patient care?
  • Sentinel Event Reporting: What role can reporting serious adverse events play in improving the safety and quality of health care?
  • Information Strategy: What else do we need to know about the safety and quality of patient care?
2010
Publication, report or update

In 2008 and 2009, the Commission published Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care which offers a broad review of safety and quality issues in a number of areas.

This report, Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care 2010, builds upon these previous reports and offers insight into a range of healthcare safety and quality matters in a number of settings and from various perspectives. For the first time, we are including a perspective on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care 2010 report also highlights learning from the experiences of patients, recognising and responding to clinical deterioration, National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and their future role, and examines improved reporting for safety.

Chapters in this report include:

  • Improving safety and quality by learning from the experience of patients
  • Addressing antibiotic resistance
  • Safe and high quality health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: A perspective from the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration
  • Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration
  • Changing practice through improving clinical handover
  • Accreditation, change and improved quality of patient care
  • Preventing falls in older people
  • Improving medication safety
  • Reporting for safety: Use of hospital data to monitor and improve patient safety
2020
Fact sheet or brochure

If a health service organisation is found to have a large numbers of not met actions at initial assessment and is subsequently awarded accreditation, they will be required to be reassessed within six months of the assessment cycle being completed.

2020
Fact sheet or brochure

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide clarification on the rating scale for assessments to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

2020
Fact sheet or brochure

From January 2019, health service organisations will have a choice of undertaking either announced or short notice assessments.

2020
Fact sheet or brochure

By using a standardised structured assessment method, health service organisations and assessors can be confident all components of safety and quality systems are comprehensively evaluated, and that assessments are based on evidence of actual performance from observations, interviews and records.

2008
Publication, report or update

Report by Access Economics Pty Limited for The Australia and New Zealand Working Party on the Management and Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe arrangements for accreditation of newly established health service organisations applying for interim accreditation to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to clarify the applicability of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific actions in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for health service organisation compliance with Actions 1.17 and 1.18 working towards implementing the My Health Record system.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe the sampling methodology to be used by accrediting agencies when sampling non-acute health service organisations at an accreditation assessment.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for Actions 5.7 and 5.10 for health service organisations to demonstrate work towards establishing systems for screening and assessment for risk of harm.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for Action 5.13 that health service organisations must undertake to demonstrate work towards establishing a single comprehensive care plan for a patient that is shared by the multidisciplinary team.

2020
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for Actions 8.5, 8.6 b, c, d and e and 8.12 that health service organisations must undertake to demonstrate work towards establishing effective processes for recognising and responding to deterioration in a person’s mental state.