Severity assessment codes

Before an investigation of a clinical incident can take place, a severity assessment code (SAC) rating must be decided to determine the prioritisation of the clinical incident investigation.

Definition

There are 3 SAC categories:

  • SAC 1 includes all clinical incidents/near misses where serious harm or death is/could be specifically caused by health care rather than the patient’s underlying condition or illness.
    In WA, SAC 1 also includes the 8 nationally endorsed sentinel event categories.
  • SAC 2 includes all clinical incidents/near misses where moderate harm is/could be specifically caused by health care rather than the patient’s underlying condition or illness.
  • SAC 3 includes all clinical incidents/near misses where minimal or no harm is/could be specifically caused by health care rather than the patient’s underlying condition or illness.

Resources

Policy

Guides

Forms

Notification of SAC 1 incidents including sentinel events

Public hospital and health service notification of SAC 1 incidents occurs via the Datix Clinical Incident Management System.

Private licensed health care facilities and non-government organisations (in accordance with their licence or contract with WA Health) notify SAC 1 clinical incidents using the SAC 1 Clinical incident notification form and sending it via:

More information

Patient Safety Surveillance Unit
Phone: 9222 4214
Email: PSSU@health.wa.gov.au

Produced by

Patient Safety Surveillance Unit