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Causal Statements

Based on the findings of the root cause analysis, causal statements can be constructed. Causal statements should be:

  • Accurate, non-judgemental depiction of the event(s)
  • Focus on the system level vulnerabilities
  • Show a clear link between causes and effects
  • Prompt the development of better actions and outcome measures

Example Causal Statement:

  • The instrument set up and checking process did not include a color coding or functional check mechanism, which increased the chances of a tubing misconnection not being identified.