Medical accidents

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6925.412c (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:412
  1. C Worth,
  2. G Sparks
  1. West Yorkshire Health Authority, Huddersfield HD4 5RH School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HDI 3DH.

    EDITOR, - Leonard Evans advocates “more precise terminology” and considers that using a more appropriate term would help doctors (and others) to reduce harm.1 This is timely in the light of the Health of the Nation key area of “accidents.”

    Evans advocates use of the word “crash” as a more accurate term to describe traffic “incidents”. Though “crash” moves away from the notion of fate and chance typically associated …

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