Term: Patient Safety Indicator (PSI)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-07-20


A patient safety indicator is an estimate of possible compromise to patient safety. A PSI estimate cannot be directly attributed to medical error. The indicators are screening tools which should be used to identify processes of care that may warrant further investigation.

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  • Bruce S, Prior H, Katz A, Taylor M, Latosinsky S, Martens P, De Coster C, Brownell M, Soodeen R, Steinbach C. Application of Patient Safety Indicators in Manitoba: A First Look. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2006. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)