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Communicating error in medicine

Medicine has a weak side, which is not the inability to cure all illnesses, but the error which we all realise is inevitable. Mistakes in the medical field are the subject of great silence or great discussions that fill the news, of heated debates between professionals, of minute gossip among practitioners. The error must be translated into words, i.e. it must be verbalised in order to be communicated. In medicine, as in business, communicating the error or reporting the event, incident reporting, is the first rule of risk management for patient safety.