Australia has developed a national list of 16 hospital-acquired complications (HACs), detailing potential adverse results of hospitalisation and how to mitigate them. The list was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care through a comprehensive process that included reviews of the literature, clinical engagement, and testing of the concept with public and private hospitals.
From pressure injuries to respiratory complications and delirium, ‘the HACs list offers 16 agreed, high-priority complications that clinicians, managers and others can work together to address and improve patient care’, according to the Commission.
Each listed HAC has been designed into a short fact sheet (quick reference guide) and a detailed fact sheet (for clinicians, safety and quality professionals, managers and executives, and governing bodies). These resources will support health services to monitor HACs and put in place strategies to either reduce high rates of HACs or maintain low rates.
Data collected within the framework of the HACs list will continue to inform quality improvements that benefit HACs patients, their families and the healthcare system.