Journal Article

The Harvard Medical Practice Study trigger system performance in deceased patients.

Klein DO; Rennenberg RJMW; Koopmans RP; Prins MH.

This retrospective study evaluated the performance of a trigger tool in detecting safety problems in inpatients. Researchers examined the records of deceased patients and found that the trigger tools flagged many patient records in which no adverse event had occurred. This high false-positive rate led them to conclude that trigger tools are too labor-intensive to be feasible for real-world detection of safety hazards.