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Fibuch E, Ahmed A. Physician Exec. Jul-Aug 2014;40:28-32.
Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) has been recommended as a method to detect safety hazards and proactively address system flaws. This article reviews the initial purpose of FMEA, provides a breakdown of the process, describes a scoring tool applying Six Sigma designations to determine probability of failure, and discusses how FMEA is used in health care settings.