Until 2020, only a limited amount of information was available on how Never Events are dealt with in Swiss hospitals. The Foundation therefore conducted a survey among risk and quality managers in hospitals. The results showed that Never Events are considered important and occur rarely in individual institutions but are relatively common in the system as a whole. At the same time, the results also reveal very different approaches to this topic. They thus reflect the strong autonomy of individual hospitals in clinical risk management. To some extent, a certain discrepancy is also evident between the attributed importance of Never Events and the on-site procedure when a Never Event occurs.
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In May 2020, the Foundation launched a project to create a nationally standardised Never Events list for Switzerland. This list serves as a learning tool for collecting and analysing data on the type, extent and accompanying circumstances of these serious events at local or national level. The aim is to use it to monitor developments, generate knowledge and improve system safety. The list is not intended for individual assessments or for rankings but, instead, to provide knowledge at national level that can then be used for prevention in the individual institutions.
|2||Interventions||Implantation of a wrong medical device|
|3||Transfusion/transplantation||AB0- or HLA-incompatible transfusion and transplantation|
|4||Interventions||Unintentional retention of foreign body|
|5||Medication||Misadministration of high-risk medication|
|6||Medication||Wrong administration of drugs|
|7||Medication||Too rapid administration og High-risk drug|
|8||Interventions||Metallic objects in the MRI magnetic field|
|9||General patient care||Burns and scalds|
|10||Interventions||Loss of biological material|
|11||General patient care||Damage due to patient restraint|
|12||Interventions||Feeding of a gastric tube whose incorrect position has not been ruled out|
The Never Events list serves as a learning tool exclusively for collecting and analysing data on the type, scope and accompanying circumstances of such serious events at local or national level. The Foundation has formulated two key recommendations for the implementation.
Recommendation 1: Internal use in hospitals
The Never Events definition and the Never Events list are used in hospitals/hospital groups for internal patient safety management. This includes:
- Establishing an internal reporting channel with recording of all defined Never Events
- Basis for the prioritisation of risk management measures
- Trigger criterion for internal case analyses
Recommendation 2: Voluntary participation in a Never Event network
The main purpose of the network should be to ensure that Never Events in Switzerland can be registered centrally and as comprehensively as possible.
- Creation of a Never Event registry for Switzerland
- Involvement of hospitals and hospital groups
- Envisaged methods of data delivery
- Analysis and evaluation
- Self-commitment to enter Never Events in the register
- Advantages for participating hospitals/hospital groups
- Professional support/cooperation in case analyses