Never events policy and framework

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The revised never events policy and framework includes changes to the definition of what a never event is and adjustments to the types of incident that are included on the never events list.

Revised never events policy and framework PDF, 539.9 KB

Published on 27 March 2015, this includes changes to the definition of a never event and adjustments to the types of incident that are included on the never events list, reducing the list from 25 to 14 incident types.

Never events are serious incidents that are entirely preventable as guidance, or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers, are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

Each never event type has the potential to cause serious patient harm or death. However, serious harm or death is not required to have happened as a result of a specific incident occurrence for that incident to be categorised as a never event

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