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Table 2 Overview of classifications

From: Patient safety in out-of-hours primary care: a review of patient records

Subject Categories
Type of patient safety incidents [21] Organisation
  Communication
  Prevention
  Triage
  Diagnostics
  Treatment
Cause(s) of patient safety incident [22, 23] Technical (Design; Construction; Materials; External)
  Organisational (Transfer of knowledge; Protocols; Management priorities; Culture; External)
  Human (Clinical reasoning/Knowledge-based behaviour; Qualifications; Coordination; Verification; Intervention; Monitoring; Slips; Tripping; External)
  Patient-related
  Other
Harm to the patient [27] Error, but no harm
  Error resulting in harm to the patient (Emotional harm; Temporary harm; Initial/prolonged hospitalisation; Permanent harm; Intervention to sustain a patient's life)
  Error resulting in death
  Error, but harm indeterminate
Probability of severe harm or death Very likely
  Likely
  Not likely