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.
Narrative descriptions of the incidents are the richest form of information for finding out what happened. They provide the greatest opportunity to learn about the circumstances leading to the incident, and if, and how, the incident could have been prevented. It is important that you include as much narrative detail as possible so that the incident can be fully and accurately classified.
We are encouraging ED doctors to report a minimum of one incident per week. Ideally, the incident should be one in which they are clear on all the details about what happened and why, who was involved, what were the outcomes for the patient and the organisation, what factors contributed to the incident and/or reduced harm to the patient, and how it could be prevented from happening again.
FACEM can claim 1 point per 2 incidents reported, up to a total of 50 points per year. It is anticipated that each incident entered will accrue 0.5 points. To verify your eligibility to claim CPD points please ensure you keep a record of your incident ID number as a reference.