A review: a decade of clinical risk management and risk tools

Author: McILwain, Jeffrey C

Source: Clinician in Management, Volume 14, Number 4, May 2006 , pp. 189-199(11)

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

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Clinical risk management (CRM) has evolved over the past decade into a singular discipline. By adopting risk management tools from other industries to use in clinical arenas it is possible to apply reasoning as to why clinical incidents occur and so aim to create reasonable remedies or solutions. This paper reflects upon the author's experience in CRM over the past decade and how risk management tools have become encapsulated into a wide approach concerning the management of clinical risk. In essence, the author reviews the position of single issues such as the strategic development of CRM nationally, human error, incident reporting, incident classification, incident occurrence, risk matrix, root cause analysis and various tools, risk assessment, the use of tools and a stratified risk approach to information. It is hoped that a distillation of such a review of risk management strategy and tools will collate information to give clinicians a cohesive overall focus on individual components of CRM.
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