Risk management in surgery

G. A. Messano, E. Spaziani, F. Turchetta, F. Ceci, S. Corelli, G. Casciaro, A. Martellucci, A. Costantino, A. Napoleoni, B. Cipriani, S. Nicodemi, C. Di Grazia, R. Mosillo, M. Avallone, S. Orsini, A. Tudisco, F. Aiuti, F. Stagnitti

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Malpractice is the responsible for the greatest number of legal claims. At the present time, legal actions against physicians in Italy are 15,000 per year, and a stunning increase about costs to refund patients injured by therapeutic and diagnostic errors is expected. The method for the medical prevention is "Risk Management", that is the setting-up of organizational instruments, methods and actions that enable the measurement or estimation of medical risk; it allows to develop strategies to govern and reduce medical error. In the present work, the reconstruction about the history of risk management in Italy was carried out. After then the latest initiatives undertaken by Italy about the issue of risk management were examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-237
Number of pages7
JournalGiornale di Chirurgia
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


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  • Laparoscopic drainage
  • Liver abscesses
  • Percutaneous drainage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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