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Table 1 Types of no-harm incidents and their preventability

From: Identifying no-harm incidents in home healthcare: a cohort study using trigger tool methodology

Types of no-harm incidentsNo-harm incidents
n (%)
Preventable no-harm incidents
n (%)
Fall without harm127 (40.6)52 (40.9)
Deficiencies in medication management62 (19.8)61 (98.4)
 Not administered in accordance with prescription32 (51.6)32 (100)
 Prescription – missing or unclear15 (24.2)14 (93.3)
 Distributed drug or dose – incorrect or missing12 (19.4)12 (100)
 Deficient storage at home3 (4.8)3 (100)
Moderate pain24 (7.7)12 (50.0)
Moderate constipation14 (4.5)13 (92.8)
Deficiencies in communication and coordination12 (3.8)12 (100)
Moderate psychological impairment12 (3.8)10 (83.3)
Affected laboratory values10 (3.2)7 (70.0)
Moderately distended urinary bladder a9 (2.9)3 (33.3)
Flaws in taking blood sample6 (1.9)6 (100)
Moderate diarrhea5 (1.6)1 (20.0)
Moderate medication side effect5 (1.6)2 (40.0)
Blockage in subcutaneous venous port4 (1.3)4 (100)
Moderate acute confusion3 (1.0)3 (100)
Moderate vomiting3 (1.0)0 (0)
Moderate deterioration in health status3 (1.0)1 (33.3)
Other14 (4.5)11 (78.6)
Total313 (100)198 (63.3)
  1. a An estimated volume of between 500 and less than 1000 ml of urine in the bladder on one occasion is considered a no-harm incident