|Title:||Clinical Incident Management Policy (2015)|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0611/15|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 25 June 2015|
|Description:||On 13 June 2015, an updated Clinical Incident Management (CIM) Policy was endorsed by the A/Director General. The updated CIM Policy has:
ē incorporated the new sentinel event definition regarding maternal death which was endorsed by AMHAC.
ē clarified and strengthened the processes around the evaluation and reporting of recommendations.
|Applicable to:||Medical practitioners, nursing and other health professionals.|
|Framework:||Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2019|
|Review date:||30 June 2018|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 16-Jun-2015|
|Print version:||View print version|
Clinical Incident Management Policy (2015)
On 13 June 2015, an updated Clinical Incident Management (CIM) Policy was endorsed by the A/Director General. The main objective of CIM is to improve health care delivery through the reporting, investigation, analysis and monitoring of clinical incidents that occur as a result of health care provision.
This Policy has primarily been updated to incorporate the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council endorsed changes to the sentinel event definition regarding maternal death. Specifically, the new definition regarding maternal death as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.”
The CIM processing requirements for clinical incidents include:
Incidents NOT within the scope of this Policy include:
Clinical incident investigation and analysis
Once a clinical incident has been notified, the incident should be investigated and analysed to identify contributing factors with recommendations put in place to prevent further harm to patients and then evaluated to make sure the prevention strategies are successful.
All enquiries about the CIM Policy should be directed to the Patient Safety Surveillance Unit on (08) 9222 0294, or email: PSSU@health.wa.gov.au
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 25 June 2015 at 10:18am