Australian Patient Safety Foundation
The Australian Patient Safety Foundation Inc. (APSF) is a non-profit independent organisation dedicated to the advancement of patient safety.
The APSF has provided leadership in the reduction of harm to patients in all healthcare environments since 1988. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, the APSF works with Commonwealth and State governments, researchers, professional organisations, Colleges, healthcare professionals and consumers at the national and international level to improve outcomes for patients.
Articles & Resources
A Recursive Model of Incident Analysis
Peter Hibbert, Bill Runciman, and Anita Deakin
A PowerPoint presentation providing a set of principles on coding incidents that clearly outline when to use incident types and contributing factors.
APSF Annual Report 2013-14
Piloting an online incident reporting system in Australasian emergency medicine
Schultz, T. J. Crock, C. Hansen, K. Deakin, A. Gosbell, A.
Emerg Med Australas (online first)
BACKGROUND: Medical-specific incident reporting systems are critical to understanding error in healthcare but underreporting by doctors reduces their value. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a pilot study of the implementation of an online ED-specific incident reporting system in Australasian hospitals and evaluated its use. METHODS: The reporting system was based on the literature and input of experts. Thirty-one hospital EDs were approached to pilot the Emergency Medicine Events Register (EMER). The pilot evaluated: website usage and analytics, reporting behaviours and rates, the quality of information collected in EMER. Semi-structured interviews of three site champions responsible for implementing EMER were conducted.
Learning from incident reports in the Australian medical imaging setting: handover and communication errors
Hannaford, N., Mandel, C., Crock, C., Buckley, K., Magrabi, F., Ong, M. S., et al.
British Journal of Radiology, 86(20120336)
Objective: To determine the type and nature of incidents occurring within medical imaging settings in Australia and identify strategies that could be engaged to reduce the risk of their re-occurrence.
Using FDA reports to inform a classification for health information technology safety problems
Magrabi, F., Ong, M. S., Runciman, W., & Coiera, E.
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 19(1), 45-53.
OBJECTIVE: To expand an emerging classification for problems with health information technology (HIT) using reports submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database.
Tracking and evaluating appropriateness of healthcare delivery
Runciman, W. B.
Patient First Joint International Conference on Quality Assurance and Patient Safety, Pondicherry, India, 28 – 30 November
Specialty specific incident reporting systems in healthcare
Schultz, T. J., & Magrabi, F.
Measuring and Reducing Avoidable Adverse Events. Sydney, 20-21st September.
Is ‘perfect’ the enemy of ‘good’? Safety & Quality in the 21st Century.
Runciman, W. B.
Australasian College of Emergency Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, The Art and Science of Emergency Medicine, Hobart 19 – 22 November.
Towards the delivery of appropriate healthcare in Australia
Runciman WB, Coiera E, Day RO, Hannaford NA, Hibbert PD, Hunt TD, Westbrook J, Braithwaite J
Med J Aust 197:78-81
A challenging proposal draws on the lessons learnt from the CareTrack study to pave the way towards better health care
CareTrack: assessing the appropriateness of health care delivery in Australia.
Runciman WB, Hunt TD, Hannaford NA, Hibbert PD, Westbrook J, Coiera E, Day RO, Hindmarsh DM et al
Med J Aust, 197:100-105
Objective: To determine the percentage of health care encounters at which a sample of adult Australians received appropriate care.