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Table 3 Consequences of adverse events

From: Prevalence and consequences of patient safety incidents in general practice in the Netherlands: a retrospective medical record review study

Type of error Number (%)
An error occurred, but the error did not reach the patient. 39 (18.5)
An error occurred that reached the patient, but did not cause the patient harm. 110 (52.1)
An error occurred that reached the patient and required monitoring to confirm that it resulted in no harm to the patient and/or required intervention to preclude harm. 33 (15.6)
An error occurred that may have contributed to or resulted in emotional harm to the patient. 4 (1.9)
An error occurred that may have contributed to or resulted in temporary harm to the patient and required intervention. 14 (6.6)
An error occurred that may have contributed to or resulted in temporary harm to the patient and required initial or prolonged hospitalisation. 7 (3.3)
An error occurred that may have contributed to or resulted in permanent patient harm. 0
An error occurred that required intervention necessary to sustain life. 0
An error occurred that may have contributed to or resulted in the patient's death. 0
An error occurred, but it was not possible to determine harm 4 (1.9)