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The Irish National Adverse Event Study-2 (INAES-2): longitudinal trends in adverse event rates in the Irish healthcare system

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posted on 22.11.2021, 10:15 by Warren Connolly, Natasha RafterNatasha Rafter, Ronan ConroyRonan Conroy, Cornelia Stuart, Anne HickeyAnne Hickey, David WilliamsDavid Williams

Objectives: To quantify the prevalence and nature of adverse events in acute Irish hospitals in 2015 and to assess the impact of the National Clinical Programmes and the National Clinical Guidelines on the prevalence of adverse events by comparing these results with the previously published data from 2009.

Design and methods: A retrospective chart review of 1605 admissions to eight Irish hospitals in 2015, using identical methods to those used in 2009.

Results: The percentage of admissions associated with one or more adverse events was unchanged (p=0.48) at 14% (95% CI=10.4% to 18.4%) in 2015 compared with 12.2% (95% CI=9.5% to 15.5%) in 2009. Similarly, the prevalence of preventable adverse events was unchanged (p=0.3) at 7.4% (95% CI=5.3% to 10.5%) in 2015 compared with 9.1% (95% CI=6.9% to 11.9%) in 2009. The incidence densities of preventable adverse events were 5.6 adverse events per 100 admissions (95% CI=3.4 to 8.0) in 2015 and 7.7 adverse events per 100 admissions (95% CI=5.8 to 9.6) in 2009 (p=0.23). However, the percentage of preventable adverse events due to hospital-associated infections decreased to 22.2% (95% CI=15.2% to 31.1%) in 2015 from 33.1% (95% CI=25.6% to 41.6%) in 2009 (p=0.01).

Conclusion: Adverse event rates remained stable between 2009 and 2015. The percentage of preventable adverse events related to hospital-associated infection decreased, which may represent a positive impact of the related national programmes and guidelines.

Funding

Applied Partnership Awards (APA-2016-1877) from the Health Research Board (HRB)

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The original article is available at https://qualitysafety.bmj.com

Published Citation

Connolly W, Rafter N, Conroy RM, Stuart C, Hickey A, Williams DJ. The Irish National Adverse Event Study-2 (INAES-2): longitudinal trends in adverse event rates in the Irish healthcare system. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;30(7):547-558.

Publication Date

12 January 2021

PubMed ID

33436402

Department/Unit

  • Health Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Data Science Centre

Research Area

  • Population Health and Health Services
  • Vascular Biology
  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Publisher

BMJ

Version

  • Published Version (Version of Record)