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VIVAS, Carlos  and  BAGNULO, Homero. Intentional homicides in health. An ignored topic in healthcare security. Rev. Méd. Urug. [online]. 2021, vol.37, n.3, e501.  Epub Sep 01, 2021. ISSN 0303-3295.

Intentional homicides committed by health workers in the course of their duties are very rare events. Its importance resides in the fact that the structural and functional weaknesses of health systems are exposed through its analysis. Moreover, their harmful effects are not limited to the victims and their families, since the reliability of the health system as a whole is damaged. This article summarizes the characteristics of these attacks, emphasizing the strategies of healthcare security that can intercept offenders.

Keywords : Healthcare serial murder; Homicide; Health personnel; Intentional damage; Patient safety; Security measures.

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