Table 2

Generic screening criteria used to identify adverse events13

1Admission for complications or adverse results of outpatient management
2Admission for complications or incomplete management of problems on previous admission to hospital
3Operative consent incomplete, missing, or otherwise incorrect
4Unplanned removal, injury, or repair of organ or structure during surgery, invasive procedure, or vaginal delivery
5Unplanned return to operating room on this admission
6Invasive procedure with tissue removed where pathology report does not match preoperative diagnosis, or non-diagnostic or no tissue removed
7Transfusion required for bleeding/anaemia/other iatrogenic reason, not clinically indicated, or resulting in reaction
8Nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection
9Antibiotic or drug use problems
10Cardiac or respiratory arrest, or low Apgar score
11Transfer from general care unit to special care unit
12Other patient complications
13Hospital incurred patient incident, such as fall, intravenous problem, medication error, or skin problem
14Abnormal laboratory, radiograph, or other test results not addressed by physicians
15Neurological deficit present at discharge which was not present on admission
16Transfer to another acute care facility
18Subsequent visit to emergency department or outpatients department for complication or adverse results related to this admission to hospital
19Length of stay above certain centile or allotted days
20Medical record review
21Nursing record review
22Departmental or other problems
23Patient or family dissatisfaction