What is important to you in this regard?
All parts of the country must be represented on national committees if these committees are to make the right decisions. I am absolutely convinced this is necessary. So I consider it my job to make the «slightly different voice from the French-speaking part of Switzerland» heard. It is also important to me to bring the significant role played by nurses more to the fore. Prevalence measurement demonstrates that the calibre of the nursing care provided is an important factor that is central to the quality of any hospital.
«The calibre of the nursing care provided is an important factor that is central to the quality of any hospital»
How significant is prevalence measurement for HUG?
It is very significant – this is evident from our use of personnel. More than 100 qualified nurses and management staff are on duty on each measurement day. Had the 2020 measurement day not been cancelled, we would have carried it out in 65 nursing wards, representing more than 1,000 beds. Our measurement supervisor starts the preparations in spring each year. This includes recruiting and training nurses, as well as providing multilingual information to patients, for example.
ANQ published the 2019 pressure ulcer and fall rates in 2020. How do you use the national comparison report?
As a QA member, I look at the wider picture. Our measurement officer at HUG, on the other hand, is mainly interested in hospital-specific results, as well as rates at the other university hospitals for purposes of comparison. The results provide us with important input; on the one hand they confirm that the measures we have already initiated are appropriate, while on the other they trigger new projects.