Understanding the PAE Data

Texas General Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers are required to report the preventable adverse events (PAEs) that happen in their facility. Here is an example and explanation of a Facility-Specific Health Care Safety Report – Consumer Version. This will appear at the top of the report:

Screenshot of the top area of the Facility-Specific Health Care Safety Report – Consumer Version. The text includes the title: Facility-Specific Health Care Safety Report – Consumer Version. Followed by “Reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services Time Period: July-December [Final] 2015. Report current as of: 04/01/2016 02:44 PM.” PAEs that happen during this time period will be shown at the bottom of this report. The next paragraph on the screenshot of the report says “Data shown in this report came from two different sources: the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) was the source for CLABSI, CAUTI and SSI tables and the Texas Health Care Safety Network (TxHSN) was the source of the PAE table”. There is a comment added to the screenshot that reads “PAEs are reported into the Texas Health Care Safety Network (TxHSN).”


This statement will appear if the facility reported that they had zero PAEs for the time period:

Description: This facility reported zero TxHSN events to the Texas Department of State Health Services for this reporting time period.


This statement will appear if the facility did not report any PAEs and did not confirm that they had zero number of events for the time period:

Description: This facility failed to report any TxHSN events to the Texas Department of State Health Services for this reporting time period.


PAEs that were reported for the time period will appear at the end of the Healthcare Safety Report in a table that looks like this:

Screenshot of the table at the bottom of the healthcare safety report. The title of the section is Preventable Adverse Events (PAEs). There are two columns. The first column has the type of event and the second column is the total number. The category that the example event is under is “events related to patient care”. The sample event given is Patient death or severe harm associated with a fall in a health care facility that caused a broken bone. And the total number was one.

Some important things to know about Preventable Adverse Events

  • This table only shows the actual number of the specific events that occurred. It is not a rate or a percentage.
  • The number and type of events that different hospitals or surgery centers report can vary based on the size of the facility or the number of procedures that are done. You can refer to the top left corner of this report for those numbers.
  • All facilities are expected to look very closely at all adverse events to understand why they happened and take action to prevent future patient harm.

The list of preventable adverse events that are required to be reported can be found on the PAE Reporting Page. For questions send an email to PAETexas@dshs.texas.gov or call 512-776-7676.



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