Today is the first ever World Patient Safety Day. Established at the 72nd World Health Assembly, it aims to raise awareness about patient safety and drive ongoing action of the global health priority.
Acting Director-General Dr John Wakefield said that it is important to take time to celebrate the hard work being done each day to support the health system.
“I’m very proud of our great system and the people delivering healthcare for Queenslanders,” Dr Wakefield said.
“While most care is delivered well, patient safety teams foster the culture of continual improvement. From monitoring performance and exploring areas of growth, patient safety teams play a vital role in keeping Queensland’s healthcare system as one of the world’s best.”
Executive Director of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service (PSQIS) Kirstine Sketcher-Baker said that the last 12 months have seen some significant achievements, including the establishment of the sepsis collaborative.
“This a statewide program which aims to help clinicians recognise, escalate and treat sepsis early to improve sepsis outcomes and save lives.”
The sepsis collaborative is one of many bodies of work PSQIS oversees to ensure continual improvement of patient care. For more information about the team, visit the PSQIS webpage.