Welcome to the ISQua Bulletin’s first outing in 2015, the 30th anniversary of our formation.
I am pleased to report to ISQua Members and other interested readers on current achievements and challenges in ISQua’s quest to inspire, promote and support healthcare quality and safety improvement worldwide.
Welcome to all new Members and thank you to those of you that have renewed Membership for 2015. At the time of writing we currently have 152 Individual Members and 37 Institutional Members from 40 countries.
In November 2014 our Head of International Accreditation and Regulation, Elaine O'Connor, was invited by the Turkish Ministry of Health to attend their 5th International Performance and Quality in Health Congress. While there Elaine presented the Ministry with their accreditation awards for their Standards of Accreditation in Health Version 5 and their Surveyor Training Programme.
The number of Fellowship Programme participants has reached 170 with 48 countries represented in the Programme, which is a 19% increase in numbers since last bulletin. Nigeria contributes 15% of Fellowship participants, Australia -11 % with Brazil and Canada contributing 7% each.
The Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) was honored to be given the opportunity to receiving Ms Triona Fortune, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ISQua on the 9th and 10th February 2015 at MSQH’s office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
ISQua's Distinguished Service Award is awarded to persons who have made conspicuous contibutions to the purpose of ISQua and/or the facilitation of those purposes in any particular activity of ISQua. This Award has only been award three times before in the history of ISQua. This year we are proud to announce that we have two very worthy recipients of this award.
The ISQua Emerging Leaders Programme was launched in October 2014 with the aim of identifying, developing and supporting emerging leaders from Low and Middle Income Countries through the ISQua network.
ISQua, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), is offering applicants from developing countries or countries with economies in transition, scholarship places to attend the ISQua 2015 International Conference, which will take place in Doha, Qatar from 4th – 7th October 2015
Nurses play an important role in health care delivery. Due to their permanent presence in care processes the nurses’ contribution to patient care has important implications for the overall quality of care. The German Network for Quality Development in Nursing (DNQP = Deutsches Netzwerk für Qualitätsentwicklung in der Pflege) is committed to the development of quality in nursing care on a methodologically sound basis.
The Specialized Center for Normalization and Accreditation in Health (CENAS) in Argentina is interested not only to improve health services quality and safety with its external evaluation and accreditation program developed in the last ten years but, at the same time, is trying to extend its work to reach other health system stakeholders oriented to support large system transformation for equity and quality for all.
Patient experiences have become an important measure for healthcare quality. Patient experiences can be used for monitoring the quality of care, for healthcare purchasing by healthcare insurers or health plans, by patients in deciding which healthcare provider to visit, but also by healthcare providers themselves to improve their care. If experiences are measured in a standardized way across healthcare institutions, differences between institutions can be identified.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is diagnosed when there is a loss of kidney function over a period of three or more months. It is often called a ‘silent’ disease as symptoms are usually absent. Consequently, the condition can go undiagnosed, which is a problem because people with CKD are more likely to have cardiovascular problems, such as strokes or heart attacks.
Many hospitals rely on incident reporting as their key quality and safety measure, despite widespread acknowledgement that many errors go unreported. Medication errors are among the most frequent adverse events in hospitals, as well as the most dangerous. However, it has been estimated that only some 13 per cent are reported by staff. Little is known about whether the types of medication errors reported by staff represent the full spectrum of errors which occur. Thus interpreting and taking action in response to incident data can be difficult.
At a hospital in Singapore, we formed a team to observe nurses and doctors giving their report during the transfer process of patients in or out of a medical intensive care unit (MICU).We called this as transfer reports or handovers. The reasons were to determine what nurses and doctors did while doing the transfer report, and how they performed that transfer process.
Work has been undertaken by APPS on outlining how the institutional partnership model, co-developed in APPS can support the on-going efforts in Ebola response, preparedness and recovery. We have reviewed much of the learning from the APPS evaluation process, particularly in regard to infection prevention and control and considered how this can support efforts immediate and long term, to re-build health systems in Ebola affected countries.
The International Society for Communication Science and Medicine (ISCOME) invites scholars and practitioners from health-related fields and communication science to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the ISCOME 2015 conference on 15-16 June inMontecatini Terme (Italy), which holds the theme: “The Golden Bridge: Communication and Patient Safety.”
The deadline for abstract submissions is 28 February 2015 at 5:00 pm (UTC).
eHealth presents 4th Healthcare Leaders’ Forum (HLF) 2015 on March 12, 2015 in the Hotel Royal Plaza, New Delhi. HLF examines the value of technology in improving healthcare provision and the efficiencies it brings to healthcare systems. It’s a platform that brings together healthcare leaders and innovators to share successful new and innovative approaches, firsthand experiences, and lessons learned in plotting this accelerated path to transformation.
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