Measuring Levels of Harm in an Ophthalmic Setting

  • 27 Jun 2020
  • RCOphth

Assessing the level of harm can be complex but is an essential part of undertaking an investigation into any incident where a patient has come to harm. Using standard trust risk ratings and consequence categories, which often use mortality as the main indicator of the higher levels of harm, precludes ophthalmology patients being rated at the higher levels of harm which the incident warrants. In this document we have developed a list of patient outcomes and associated consequence categories which aim to help guide the assessment of patient harm for ophthalmology patients