in health care refers to an attribute or achievement that serves as a standard for other providers or institutions to emulate. Benchmarks differ from other standard of care goals, in that they derive from empiric data—specifically, performance or outcomes data. Continue reading Benchmark

Adverse Event

Adverse Event – Any injury caused by medical care. Examples: pneumothorax from central venous catheter placement anaphylaxis to penicillin postoperative wound infection hospital-acquired delirium (or “sundowning”) in elderly patients Identifying something as an adverse event does not imply “error,” “negligence,” Continue reading Adverse Event