Term: Denominator at Risk

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-07-20


The denominator at risk for a given indicator is the number of patients in hospital who actually have a low probability of complications or of experiencing an event where patient safety may have been compromised. Patients who are at greater risk for complications during their hospital stay are not included in the denominator at risk.

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