Human Error Risk Management Methodology for Safety Audit of a Large Hospital Structure

  • P. C. Cacciabue
  • G. Vella
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This paper concerns the application of the methodology Human Error Risk Management for Engineering Systems (HERMES) for Safety Audit of a large Hospital structure. The objective of this preliminary study was the identification of most relevant areas of intervention for improving safety and reliability of the service in a ward of an Otorhinolaryngology Department. The results have indicated practical ways forward for improving safety standards and exploiting knowledge within the organisations.


Human Machine Interaction Accident Investigation Root Cause Analysis Cognitive Task Analysis Otorhinolaryngology Department 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Cacciabue
    • 1
  • G. Vella
    • 2
  1. 1.European Commission — Joint Research CentreInstitute for the Protection and Security of the CitizenIspra (VA)Italy
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia ClinicaUniversità degli Studi di TorinoTorinoItaly

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