Critical incidents related to cardiac arrests reported to the Danish Patient Safety Database

Peter Oluf Andersen, Rikke Maaløe, Henning Boje Andersen

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    Abstract

    Background Critical incident reports can identify areas for improvement in resuscitation practice. The Danish Patient Safety Database is a mandatory reporting system and receives critical incident reports submitted by hospital personnel. The aim of this study is to identify, analyse and categorize critical incidents related to cardiac arrests reported to the Danish Patient Safety Database. Methods The search terms “cardiac arrest” and “resuscitation” were used to identify reports in the Danish Patient Safety Database. Identified critical incidents were then classified into categories. Results One hundred and seven reports describing 122 separate incidents were identified and classified into incidents related to: alerting the resuscitation team (n = 32; 26%), human performance (n = 22; 18%), equipment failure (n = 19; 16%), resuscitation equipment not available (n = 13; 11%), physical environment (n = 14; 11%), insufficient monitoring (n = 14; 11%), and medication error (n = 8; 7%). Conclusion Critical incidents related to cardiac arrest occur due to logistical, technical, teamworking and knowledge problems. These findings should be considered when planning education and implementing resuscitation practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalResuscitation
    Volume8
    Pages (from-to)312-316
    ISSN0300-9572
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Critical incidents
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Resuscitation

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