Never Events

Using Government data revealing the number of NHS ‘never events’ reported in the past two years, as well as our own primary research, the infographic below reflects the numbers of serious medical errors made by National Health Service.

The data summarised in our infographic highlights a number of serious patient safety incidents that by definition should never happen.

What is a 'never event'?

The term ‘never event’ was first introduced by Ken Kizer, former chief executive of the National Quality Forum in the United States. This was in reference to particularly shocking medical errors which should never occur if the available preventable measures are implemented.

The term has been expanded over the years to signify adverse events that are clearly identifiable and preventable, serious, and measurable by healthcare providers.

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