Journal Article

A review of healthcare failure mode and effects analysis (HFMEA) in radiotherapy.

Giardina M; Cantone MC; Tomarchio E; Veronese I.

Health care failure mode and effect analysis (HFMEA) was developed by the Veterans Affairs health system to prospectively identify risks in an organization, analyze the ways in which processes can fail, and take corrective action before failures have occurred. This review discusses how HFMEA can be used in radiotherapy to uncover risks and suggests limitations in the technique that must be addressed.