Unusual Event Policy Term Definition

Unusual Event - an occurrence involving a patient, staff employee, or visitor which is not consistent with the accepted Hospital/Clinic operations or the routine care of a particular patient, or whenever there is an unusual or unexpected response by the patient to standard treatment or medical intervention.   Examples of such occurrences include:

  1. Medication errors
  2. Adverse Drug Events (ADE)
  3. Unusual events that occur to employees (note: if the event involves an employee injury, the WCI process must also be followed)
  4. Patient/visitor falls
  5. Errors related to procedures, /treatment/, or testing
  6. Equipment, /supplies/, or device failure