Failure mode and effects analysis: too little for too much?

@article{Franklin2012FailureMA,
  title={Failure mode and effects analysis: too little for too much?},
  author={Bryony Dean Franklin and Nada Atef Shebl and Nick Barber},
  journal={BMJ Quality \& Safety},
  year={2012},
  volume={21},
  pages={607 - 611}
}
Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is a structured prospective risk assessment method that is widely used within healthcare. FMEA involves a multidisciplinary team mapping out a high-risk process of care, identifying the failures that can occur, and then characterising each of these in terms of probability of occurrence, severity of effects and detectability, to give a risk priority number used to identify failures most in need of attention. One might assume that such a widely used tool… Expand
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