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Safety Assessment Code

The Safety Assessment Code (SAC) method, developed by the National Center for Patient Safety in the United Kingdom, can be used to determine if additional action is required for an event. By assigning the event severity and probability of occurrence the SAC matrix below assigns a Safety Assessment score:

  • 3 = high risk
  • 2 = intermediate risk
  • 1 = lowest risk

The Safety Assessment score can assist with the determination if the next step, Root Cause Analysis needs to be performed.

Score = 3 Requires a Root Cause Analysis

Score = 2 Root Cause Analysis is optional.

Score = 1 No Root Cause Analysis is required.