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Patients: Safety

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths resulted from each type of patient safety incident in each year between 1997 and 2005. (321763)

The following table provides the number of patient safety incidents associated with the death of a patient that were submitted to the National Patient Safety Agency's Reporting and Learning System each year for the period from the 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006, broken down by type of incident.

The National Patient Safety Agency was set up in 2001. The Reporting and Learning System was piloted in 2002-03 but not all national health service trusts were reporting before the end of 2004. Information about the number of patient safety incidents associated with death in 2004 is not included because of the low number of incidents submitted to the Reporting and Learning System prior to that date and the unreliability of the information available.

Reported incidents that occurred between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006

Incident type

Number/percentage

Deaths

2,275

All incident types

596,138

Percentage of incident types reported as deaths

0.4

Source: National Patient Safety Agency.

Reported incidents that occurred between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006, broken down by incident type

Incident type

Number

Access, admission, transfer, discharge (including missing patient)

111

Clinical assessment (including diagnosis, scans, tests, assessments)

109

Consent, communication, confidentiality

50

Disruptive, aggressive behaviour

12

Documentation (including records, identification)

11

Infection Control Incident

18

Implementation of care and ongoing monitoring/review

55

Infrastructure (including staffing, facilities, environment)

38

Medical device/equipment

32

Medication

37

Patient abuse (by staff/third party)

5

Patient accident

100

Self-harming behaviour

419

Treatment, procedure

237

Other

1,041

Total

2,275