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A serious safety event (SSE) is a variation from expected practice followed by death, severe permanent harm, moderate permanent harm, or significant temporary harm.
Our goal is to eliminate all serious harm to our patients.
To measure SSEs, we use a standard definition that has been adopted by the Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) collaborative. For a given period, the total number of SSEs identified is divided by the sum of the adjusted patient days (inpatient days plus “equivalent” outpatient days) and multiplied by 10,000. A rolling 12-month average of SSEs per 10,000 adjusted days is calculated monthly. The chart below displays a moving average of the quarterly rate to reflect the historical downward trend of the serious safety event rate.
Click here to view a larger version of the chart in PDF format.
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