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J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 May;25(5):493-7. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2011.622004.

Neonatal malpractice claims in Italy: how big is the problem and which are the causes?

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Puericultura Institute and Neonatal Section, AOU - University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy. vafanos@tiscali.it vafanos@tin.it

Abstract

Medical errors are topics of increasing importance in neonatology. Very few data are available on neonatal malpractice claims. We report the first data obtained in Italy on neonatology regarding a wide population study during a 6-year survey. Data concerning 191 claims regarding delivery room (n = 77; 38.74%), nursery (n = 72; 37,69%), NICU (n = 42; 21,98%) and the transport system (n = 3; 1.57%) are presented and discussed. On data allow an analysis of main causes and suggest how to face the problem.

PMID:
21919821
DOI:
10.3109/14767058.2011.622004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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