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Unfallchirurg. 2011 Sep;114(9):758-67. doi: 10.1007/s00113-011-2027-5.

[The critical incident reporting system as an instrument of risk management for better patient safety].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Unfallchirurgische Klinik, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Stra├če 1, 30625 Hannover.


The probability that an inpatient will be harmed by a medical procedure is at least 3% of all patients. As a consequence, hospital risk management has become a central management task in the health care sector. The critical incident reporting system (CIRS) as a voluntary instrument for reporting (near) incidents plays a key role in the implementation of a risk management system. The goal of the CIRS is to register system errors without assigning guilt or meting out punishment and at the same time increasing the number of voluntary reports.

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