The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has today published the latest set of Organisation Patient Safety Incident data.
Today’s figures show that the number of patient safety incidents in Wales that occurred between 1 April – 30 September 2010 and were reported to the NPSA by 30 November 2010 was 29,376, which is a two per cent decrease on the previous reporting period (1 October 2009 – 31 March 2010). All health boards in Wales submitted incident reports for this set of data.
The data also show that: 20,425 (70 per cent) of all patient safety incidents resulted in no harm to the patient; 6,568 (22 per cent) resulted in low harm; 2,246 (eight per cent) resulted in moderate harm; 137 (0.5 percent) resulted in death or severe harm.*
The most common types of incident were: patient accidents – slips, trips and falls (38 per cent); access, admission, transfer, discharge (nine per cent); treatment/procedure (eight per cent).
Six out of nine organisations in Wales reported regularly (every month over the six-month period).
For a full breakdown of figures see: www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/organisationdata
*Definitions of level of harm:
Impact prevented – any patient safety incident that had the potential to cause harm but was prevented, resulting in no harm to people receiving NHS-funded care.
Impact not prevented – any patient safety incident that ran to completion but no harm occurred to people receiving NHS-funded care.
Low: Any patient safety incident that required extra observation or minor treatment and caused minimal harm, to one or more persons receiving NHS-funded care.
Moderate: Any patient safety incident that resulted in a moderate increase in treatment and which caused significant but not permanent harm, to one or more persons receiving NHS-funded care.
Severe: Any patient safety incident that appears to have resulted in permanent harm to one or more persons receiving NHS-funded care.
Death: Any patient safety incident that directly resulted in the death of one or more persons receiving NHS-funded care.
Notes to editors
1. Media enquiries to the NPSA Press Office:
Matthew Grek – 020 7927 9362 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of hours – 0788 411 5956
2. Following the publication of the Arms Length Body Review on 26 July 2010, the NPSA has stressed the importance for all NHS organisations across England and Wales to continue reporting patient safety incidents through the National Reporting and Learning System as this aspect of work will continue.