Incident trending and how we use data
Published on 31 March 2020
We use incident trending to identify and prevent recurring equipment issues. All incident reports sent to IRIC are added to our trending system.
What is incident trending?
Incident trending is our method of analysing our adverse incident database.
We use three key data fields:
- equipment category
- suspected problem
- health impact
We monitor data for a minimum of two years.
Why use incident trending?
Trending helps us identify safety issues with equipment or medical devices.
We look for clusters of reports and flag them for closer examination. If we find something that links the incidents, we will open an investigation.
How is data shared?
We collaborate and share data with key partners.
- National Procurement (a division of National Services Scotland)
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
- Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG)
- Scottish Government
By sharing incident data, we help keep safety systems in place across Scotland and the United Kingdom.