FMECA methodology applied to two pathways in an orthopaedic hospital in Milan

P. Morelli, A. Vinci, L. Galetto, G. Magon, V. Maniaci, Giuseppe Banfi

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Introduction. Adverse events pose a challenge to medical management: they can produce mild or transient disabilities or lead to permanent disabilities or even death; preventable adverse events result from error or equipment failure. Methods. IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi implemented a clinical risk management program in order to study the epidemiology of adverse events and to improve new pathways for preventing clinical errors: a risk management FMECA-FMEA pro-active analysis was applied either to an existing clinical support pathway or to a new process before its implementation. Results. The application of FMEA-FMECA allowed the clinical risk unit of our hospital to undertake corrective actions in order to reduce the adverse events and errors on high-risk procedure used inside the hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • FMEA methodology
  • Risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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