2021 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting: Updated Rates for Acute Care Event Reports


  • Shawn Kepner, MS Patient Safety Authority




acute care, patient safety, reporting rates, fall rates, hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities


In the article we published in June 2022 on patient safety trends in 2021, reporting rates and fall rates for 2021 were calculated based on Q1 and Q2 only, as denominator data for Q3 and Q4 were not yet available. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted reliable forecasting in healthcare, we did not forecast rates for Q3 and Q4 in our June 2022 article. This data snapshot provides the complete rates for 2021 now that we have obtained all relevant data.

Author Biography

Shawn Kepner, MS, Patient Safety Authority

Shawn Kepner (shawkepner@pa.gov) is a data scientist at the Patient Safety Authority.


Kepner S, Jones R. Patient Safety Trends in 2021: An Analysis of 288,882 Serious Events and Incidents From the Nation’s Largest Event Reporting Database. Patient Saf. 2021;4(2),18–33. 10.33940/data/2022.6.2.

Heist T, Schwartz K, Butler S. Trends in Overall and Non-COVID-19 Hospital Admissions (Issue Brief). Kaiser Family Foundation website. https://www.kff.org/health-costs/issue-brief/trends-in-overall-and-non-covid-19-hospital-admissions/. Published February 18, 2021. Accessed September 21, 2022.

Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act, Pub. L. No. 154 Stat. 13 (2002). Pennsylvania Department of Health website. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Laws%20and%20Regulations/Act%2013%20of%202002.pdf. Accessed September 21, 2022.

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How to Cite

Kepner, S. (2022). 2021 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting: Updated Rates for Acute Care Event Reports. Patient Safety, 4(4), 40–41. https://doi.org/10.33940/data/2022.12.4



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