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Modeling Techniques and Patient Safety

  • Jonathan M. Wilwerding
  • Alan White
  • George Apostolakis
  • Paul Barach
  • Brian H. Fillipo
  • Laura M. Graham

Abstract

We use fault trees to model medical errors associated with transitions of care. Model predictions are close to independent estimates obtained from the literature on medical errors, and risk analysis suggests that transitions affect performance by hospital units.

Keywords

Medical Error Intensive Care Unit Mortality Trauma Team Treatment Error Probabilistic Risk Assessment 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan M. Wilwerding
    • 1
  • Alan White
    • 2
  • George Apostolakis
    • 3
  • Paul Barach
    • 4
  • Brian H. Fillipo
    • 5
  • Laura M. Graham
    • 2
  1. 1.Abt Associates Inc.CambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Abt Associates Inc.USA
  3. 3.MITCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.University of MiamiMiamiUSA
  5. 5.Geisinger Medical CenterDanvilleUSA

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