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Table 6 Level of patient harm as determined by NPSA grading system [27]

From: A review of significant events analysed in general practice: implications for the quality and safety of patient care

NPSA Severity Grading GP Principals
(n)
GP Registrars
(n)
Total
n (%)
No 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
24 28 52 (27.2)
No Harm - Impact Not Prevented
Any patient safety incident that ran to completion but no harm occurred to people receiving NHS-funded care
33 24 57 (29.8)
Harm - 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
7 7 14 (7.3)
Harm - 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
9 13 22 (11.5)
Harm - Severe
Any patient safety incident that appears to have resulted in permanent harm to one or more persons receiving NHS-funded care
6 3 9 (4.7)
Harm - Death
Any patient safety incident that directly resulted in the death of one or more persons receiving NHS-funded care
2 1 3 (1.6)
Not applicable
Non-patient safety incidents
18 16 34 (17.8)
TOTAL 99 92 191