PRA, Patient Safety, and Insights for Quality Improvement in Healthcare

  • John Wreathall
Conference paper


The current concerns over patient safety has led to the use of classical safety assessment tools like root cause analysis and failure modes and effects analysis. Inevitably these will be used as part of probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs) to identify potential benefits for changes in practices and equipment designs. However, PRA is not yet accepted as a tool. There are potential benefits and potential limitations. Only by understanding some of the characteristics of healthcare and how PRA is affected by these will it become useful.


Patient Safety Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis Nuclear Regulatory Commission Probabilistic Risk Assessment Root Cause Analysis 
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  • John Wreathall
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  1. 1.John Wreathall & Co., Inc.DublinUSA

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