Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement

The Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System (PSSIS) was created for the purpose of improving patient safety, eliminating adverse events in Vermont hospitals, and supporting a facilitating quality improvement efforts by hospitals. The Vermont Department of Health is charged by statute to operate the PSSIS, and contracts with the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC) to administer the System.

Key Components

The Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System applies to all hospitals licensed by the Vermont Board of Health, including the Vermont State Hospital, with the exception of the Veterans' Administration Hospital.

Internal Hospital Procedures

External Reports

Hospital Reporting Information and Forms

Disclosure to Patients

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Confidentiality of Information

The Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System is designed to improve patient safety. As provided for in 18 V.S.A. §1917, all information made available to the Department of Health through the Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System is:

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System Administration and Legislative Authority

The Intentional Unsafe Act provisions of the Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System became effective on July 1, 2006, and the remaining provisions on January 1, 2008.

Additional Resources

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