Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Vital signs 2013: the state of safety and quality in Australian health care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released VitalSigns 2013: The State of Safety and Quality in Australian Health Care. This report provides an overview of a series of key topics in relation to the safety and quality of Australia's health care system.

Professor Debora Picone, Chief Executive of the Commission noted "Vital Signs 2013 focuses on 3 important questions that members of the public may ask about their health care. Will my care be safe? Will I get the right care? Will I be a partner in my care?"

Each question is considered in its own section using examples of key health issues in Australia, such as medication safety and stroke care. These sections are followed by three case studies, which focus on the quality of care in some important clinical areas. These case studies present a detailed description and analysis of key quality issues that affect outcomes for patients. Vital Signs 2013 is the first release of what will be an annual publication.

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