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Table 1 Distribution of critical incidents by category and year

From: Major sources of critical incidents in intensive care

Category Category 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
   Equipment 20 (1.8) 41 (3.6) 37 (3.3) 58 (5.1) 74 (6.6) 33 (2.9) 26 (2.3) 49 (4.3) 338 (30.0)
   Clinical practice 11 (1.0) 31 (2.8) 11 (1.0) 34 (3.0) 37 (3.3) 34 (3.0) 17 (1.5) 82 (7.3) 257 (22.8)
   Pharmaceuticals 17 (1.5) 30 (2.7) 31 (2.8) 24 (2.1) 44 (3.9) 47 (4.2) 19 (1.7) 26 (2.3) 238 (21.1)
   Administration 5 (0.4) 18 (1.6) 22 (2.0) 42 (3.7) 40 (3.5) 28 (2.5) 27 (2.4) 31 (2.9) 213 (18.9)
   Health and safety hazards 2 (0.2) 9 (0.8) 4 (0.4) 2 (0.2) 30 (2.7) 10 (0.9) 12 (1.1) 12 (1.1) 81 (7.2)
Total 55 (4.9) 129 (11.4) 105 (9.3) 160 (14.2) 225 (20.0) 152 (13.5) 101 (9.0) 200 (17.7) 1,127 (100)
  1. Values refer to incidents reported in our intensive care unit during the study period.