What's a Root Cause Analysis?
A root cause analysis in healthcare involves a process of identifying the source of a problem and developing a solution in a way that addresses where the true cause of an issue exists. By systematically analyzing the causes and effects of the various pieces and parts of a particular process, an RCA can be used by healthcare organizations to identify breakdowns in systems that contributed to an adverse event.
Because an RCA enables organizations to more easily recognize the actual causes of events and take corrective actions, it is also beneficial for significantly or totally preventing the same or similar events from recurring. As a result, organizations can improve patient and employee safety, and reduce organizational risk.
Further, organizations can also avoid unnecessary costs due to business interruption, increased regulation, and audits, among other factors. It’s also worth noting that when companies prioritize prevention more than merely treating superficial symptoms, public trust can be earned. Having an incident-free record is likely to attract and retain patients and employees, further promoting a culture of safety.