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Root Cause Analysis
A brief discussion of root cause analysis as an effective tool in preventing failures in medical facilities.
# 117872 | 937 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2009 in Medical and Health (General)

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The paper explains that root cause analysis is a step by step technique that focuses on finding the real cause of a problem rather than merely treating the symptoms. The paper shows how root cause analysis is used in medical facilities to analyze failures and set up guidelines and procedures to prevent future problems. The paper relates that root cause analysis can be applied to a wide range of problems, including behavioral problems, procedural problems and relationship problems.

From the Paper:

"Root cause analysis can be an effective tool to fix trouble in the workplace and reduce the chances of problems arising in the future. The study of root causes requires a highly defined procedure designed to identify and correct the very origins of a problem. The most common root causes of issues in the healthcare environment are communication, orientation and training, patient assessment processes, staffing levels, information availability, and competency.
"In a society in which litigation is the most common forum for settling disputes, problems will continue to arise since the main focus is on punishment rather than prevention. For this reason, root cause analysis is an important tool for moving forward after a major error has been made in at a medical facility."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 12Manage Rigor and Relevance. "Root Cause Analysis.
  • Doggett, M. (2004 February) Three Root Cause Analysis Tools. Journal of Industrial Technology,
  • McDonald, A., Leyhane, T. (2005 October). Drill Down with Root Cause Analysis. Nursing Mangement, 27-31.
  • National Center for Patient Safety. "Root Cause Analysis."

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