Patient Safety Explorer

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Product Overview

Patient Safety Explorer is a dashboard for monitoring key aspects of patient safety. It presents hospital metrics based on Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) established by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for obstetrical, procedural, and surgical safety; blood safety; hospital-acquired infection; general safety; and nursing-sensitive conditions.


  • Data views for 26 Patient Safety Indicators
  • Drill into facility and department variation for a selected safety indicator


Benefits Include:

  • Increased ability to identify potential adverse events that might need further study
  • Increased ability to measure hospital complications that might represent patient safety events
  • Improved focus for patient safety improvement efforts, based on clearer priorities


Blood Safety:

  • Transfusion reaction count (PSI 16)
  • Transfusion reaction rate (PSI 16)

General Safety:

  • Death rate in low-mortality diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) (PSI 02)
  • Patient safety for selected indicators—a weighted average of observed-to-expected ratios (PSI 90)

Hospital-aquired Infections:

  • Central venous catheter-related blood stream infection rate (PSI 07)
  • Central venous catheter-related blood stream infection rate by patient geographical area (PSI 23)

Nursing-Sensitive Conditions:

  • Pressure ulcer rate (PSI03)


  • Birth trauma rate—injury to neonate (PSI 17)
  • Obstetric trauma rate—vaginal delivery with instrument (PSI 18)
  • Obstetric trauma rate—vaginal delivery without instrument (PSI 19)


  • Accidental puncture or laceration rate (PSI 15)
  • Iatrogenic pneumothorax rate (PSI 06)


  • Accidental puncture or laceration rate (PSI 25)
  • Death rate among surgical inpatients with serious treatable conditions (PSI 04)
  • Iatrogenic pneumothorax rate (PSI 22)
  • Retained surgical item or unretrieved device fragment count (PSI 15) and rate (PSI 21)
  • Perioperative hemorrhage or hematoma rate (PSI 09 and PSI 27)
  • Perioperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis rate (PSI 12)
  • Postoperative hip fracture rate (PSI 08)
  • Postoperative physiologic and metabolic derangement rate (PSI 10)
  • Postoperative respiratory failure rate (PSI 11)
  • Postoperative sepsis rate (PSI 13)
  • Postoperative wound dehiscence rate (PSI 14 and PSI 24)

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Data Sources

  • EMR
  • Billing System

Patient Safety Explorer: A Deeper View


Patient Safety Explorer is intended for hospital and health system administrators, clinical and operations directors, system-wide patient safety teams, and members of quality improvement teams. It may also include data architects, data analysts, knowledge managers, or others who help identify, prioritize, and monitor patient safety improvement or patient injury prevention efforts.

Use Case

A patient safety team wants to focus their work on areas that represent the most variation, highest cost, or greatest impact on patient outcomes.

Success Measures

Opportunity Identification:

  • Monitor trends in key patient safety indicators
  • Use patient safety trends and variation to identify areas for further research and/or improvement