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Patient Safety Indicators

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Data Source: Texas Health Care Information Council (THCIC)

Data Description

The Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) are a set of indicators providing information on potential in hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries, procedures, and childbirth. The PSIs were developed by 3M™, after a comprehensive literature review, analysis of ICD-9-CM codes, review by a clinician panel, implementation of risk adjustment, and empirical analyses. The Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) in the Texas Department of State Health Services collects data on PSIs and calculates rates for hospitals across Texas.

Prior to publication of the quality indicator reports, hospitals are provided a 60-day comment period. Additionally, hospitals are provided a 90-day comment period for each of the quarterly Public Use Data File (PUDF) releases. Comments for the quality indicator reports and the PUDFs are available online.

Measure Information

Data on PSIs include only hospital patients 18 years and older. Rates are not calculated for hospitals with fewer than 30 cases.

Diagnosis Present on Admission (POA) included in calculations. POA exempt hospitals are excluded from the tables above.

Related Links

Definitions and additional information on specific PSIs � THCIC

Quality Indicator Empirical Methods reference - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

POA documentation - Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)