AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

Patient Safety Indicators Overview

What are Patient Safety Indicators?

The Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) provide information on potentially avoidable safety events that represent opportunities for improvement in the delivery of care. More specifically, they focus on potential in-hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries, procedures, and childbirth.

How are Patient Safety Indicators used?

The PSIs can be used to help hospitals assess the incidence of adverse events and in-hospital complications and identify issues that might need further study.

For more information about the Prevention Quality Indicators, download the Patient Safety Indicators Brochure.

Patient Safety Indicators Resources

To access prior versions of the PSI resources, visit the Archives page.

Quality Indicator Software

Visit the AHRQ QI Software Page for more information on the Quality Indicators SAS QI and WinQI software.

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