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Definition of incident:
An unexpected and undesirable event/situation that is not consistent with the routine care of a patient/client. Example: patient receiving the incorrect dose of medication (125 mg metoprolol instead of 12.5 mg)
Definition of adverse event:
A negative or unfavorable reaction or result that was unintended, unexpected or unplanned. Example: patient does not have a documented allergy to penicillin, received penicillin, had a severe allergic reaction
Definition of a near miss:
An event or circumstance which has the potential to cause serious physical or psychological injury, unexpected death or significant property damage, but did not occur due to chance or timely intervention. Near misses are free lessons in proactive risk management and error prevention.