Table 3

Assessment of death preventable (adapted from Healey et al as cited in Owen et al)13

Non-preventableInjuries or problem non-survivable with optimal management
Evaluation and management are appropriate
Suspect care does not affect classification of death but is treated as morbidity
Potentially preventableInjuries or problem severe but survivable
Evaluation and management are generally appropriate
Errors in care directly or indirectly implicated in patient’s death
PreventableInjuries or problem normally survivable
Evaluation and management are suspect
Errors directly or indirectly cause patient’s death