The notification of incidents into EMER is anonymous and confidential. We request that data that could identify patients, staff or institutions not be included in the report.
The key reason for the project is not to count incidents, nor to place blame on anyone, but to collect as much information as possible about a small sub-set of the incidents that occur in Australasian EDs so that a better understanding of how patient safety and the quality of care may be improved. Because many incident types occur at a low frequency at an institutional level, they are difficult to characterise and learn from. By aggregating data across multiple institutions, we hope to be able to provide some answers about the circumstances and contributing factors leading to incidents, the resulting outcomes of the incident, the sorts of actions taken by staff to minimise the incident and lessons that can be applied at the level of the specialty to reduce the likelihood of similar incidents re-occurring.