Registration and Management of "Never Events" in Swiss Hospitals-The Perspective of Clinical Risk Managers.

Schwappach, David L. B.; Pfeiffer, Yvonne (2021). Registration and Management of "Never Events" in Swiss Hospitals-The Perspective of Clinical Risk Managers. Journal of Patient Safety, 17(8), e1019-e1025. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000741

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BACKGROUND

In Switzerland, there is no mandatory reporting of "never events." Little is known about how hospitals in countries with no "never event" policies deal with these incidents in terms of registration and analyses.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of our study was to explore how hospitals outside mandatory "never event" regulations identify, register, and manage "never events" and whether practices are associated with hospital size.

METHODS

Cross-sectional survey data were collected from risk managers of Swiss acute care hospitals.

RESULTS

Clinical risk managers representing 95 hospitals completed the survey (55% response rate). Among responding risk and quality managers, only 45% would be formally notified through a designated reporting channel if a "never event" has happened in their hospital. Averaged over a list of 8 specified events, only half of hospitals could report a systematic count of the number of events. Hospital size was not associated with "never event" management. Respondents reported that their hospital pays "too little attention" to the recording (46%), the analysis (34%), and the prevention (40%) of "never events." All respondents rated the systematic registration and analysis of "never events" as very (81%) or rather important (19%) for the improvement of patient safety.

CONCLUSIONS

A substantial fraction of Swiss hospitals do not have valid data on the occurrence of "never events" available and do not have reliable processes installed for the registration and exam of these events. Surprisingly, larger hospitals do not seem to be better prepared for "never events" management.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Schwappach, David

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1549-8417

Publisher:

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Flükiger-Flückiger

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2020 10:08

Last Modified:

22 Dec 2021 17:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/PTS.0000000000000741

PubMed ID:

32590527

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144888

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144888

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