Southern Cross Healthcare GroupsWednesday 26 September 2012, 3:05PM
Media release from Southern Cross Healthcare
Southern Cross Hospitals has won a New Zealand Private Surgical
Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) 'Leaders in Quality' Award for an
innovative medicine management and IV therapy certification
The private hospital network's online medicine management
certification module was the winner of the NZPSHA's 'Leaders in
Quality' Clinical Practice/Innovation Award.
Southern Cross Hospitals CEO Terry Moore said, "Previously each
hospital had its own certification education and testing process.
This was less than ideal, so the module was developed with the aim
of having a standardised medicine management certification
The module spans the network's nine wholly-owned and four joint
Mr Moore said with certification not yet standardised between all
District Health Boards, there had been strong interest in Southern
Cross Hospitals' approach from the health sector.
"The online certification module is designed to standardise
knowledge requirements and practices throughout our network, while
also accommodating each hospital's differing policy and procedures.
So it certainly has applications elsewhere."
He said a single online certification process created significant
efficiencies for Southern Cross Hospital's extensive clinical
education programme and when tracking staff completion.
"It's also had the flow on effect of ensuring our hospitals are
consistently using the most current, evidence-based knowledge to
inform clinical practice, and therefore providing an environment
for optimal patient outcomes."
The content and online tests are aligned with national standards
such as the recently released Intravenous Nurses of New Zealand
(IVNNZ) infusion therapy standards of practice. The practical
component of certification continues to be assessed within
the individual hospitals.
Nearly 600 nurses and anaesthetic technicians have successfully
completed the new certification process. All nurses and anaesthetic
technicians complete the certification on induction, and again
throughout their career at Southern Cross Hospitals as
Southern Cross Hospital's joint venture Ormiston Hospital was also
the joint winner of the NZPSHA's 'Leaders in Quality' Clinical/Non
Clinical Support Award for the design of a facility equipment and
systems guide. This was designed to be a comprehensive but
simplified guide that could be used by a range of people within the
hospital to allow for clear, robust decision making when and if