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What is a Patient Safety Incident?

Our definition

A patient safety incident is any unintended or unexpected incident which could have or did lead to harm for one or more patients receiving NHS care.    


When should incidents be reported?

The NPSA encourages the reporting of all patient safety incidents. 

 

This includes: 

  •  Incidents that you have been involved in;

  •  Incidents that you may have witnessed;

  • Incidents that caused no harm or minimal harm;

  • Incidents with a more serious outcome;

  • Prevented patient safety incidents (known as ‘near misses’).