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 three WA health system Severity Assessment Codes (SAC), which must be used: 

SAC 1 - A clinical incident that has or could have (near miss), caused serious harm or death; and which is attributed to health care provision (or lack thereof) rather than the patient’s underlying condition or illness.

SAC 2 - A clinical incident that has or could have (near miss), caused moderate harm; and which is attributed to health care provision (or lack thereof) rather than the patient’s underlying condition or illness.

SAC 3 - A clinical incident that has or could have (near miss) caused minor or no harm; and which is attributed to health care provision (or lack thereof) rather than the patient’s underlying condition or illness.

Resources

CIM Policy Pack

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
Email: PSSU@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 01-11-2019
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Patient Safety Surveillance Unit