The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare developed the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards to improve the quality of health service provision in Australia. The Standards provide a nationally consistent statement of the level of care consumers should be able to expect from health services.
There are 10 NSQHS Standards focusing on areas that are essential to drive the implementation and use of safety and quality systems:
- Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations
- Partnering with Consumers
- Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections
- Medication Safety
- Patient Identification and Procedure Matching
- Clinical Handover
- Blood and Blood Products
- Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries
- Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care
- Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls
See The Commission's website at: http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/
The Standards have been designed for use by all health services. Health service organisations can use the Standards as part of their internal quality assurance mechanisms or as part of an external accreditation process.
Adelaide Eye & Laser Centre is currently accredited through Global-Mark® using International Standards Organisation 9001 Quality Management Systems and the Core Standard for Safety and Quality in Healthcare (CSSQH) and is already working towards gaining accreditation under these new standards as well.Back to News