The Impact Of Waikato District Health Board Essay

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Introduction to the organisation:
Waikato District Health Board is one of 20 district health boards in New Zealand providing primary, secondary and tertiary public health services to local populations. It is governed by a board of elected members and managed by executive officers located at Waikato Hospital.
The DHB serves a population of 372,220 and covers 21,220 square kilometres including Coromandel, Raglan, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa, Taumarunui, Waihi as well as Hamilton and surrounding towns. There are hospitals in Hamilton, Thames, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa. The largest of these is Waikato Hospital, which in addition to its own population, provides some specialist procedures to patients from the wider Midlands region.
The DHB receives government funding to provide health and disability services for the Waikato population, and for 2013/14 it received $1,039 billion. It employs approximately 6000 staff, and in the year 2013/14 it offered a combined total of more than 500,000 inpatient stays and outpatient appointments.
Background to the issue:
In this essay I will examine how Waikato DHB responds when a patient suffers an “adverse event”. An adverse event can be defined as an incident during the course of medical treatment or care, which results in harm to a patient or service user. Examples of adverse events can include: falls in hospital, serious medication errors, healthcare associated infections, wrong diagnoses or delays in diagnoses, wrong procedure/wrong patient,
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