Tools, Technologies and Training for Healthcare Laboratories

Identifying Failure Modes

An essential part of Risk Analysis is the identification of what might go wrong - in others words, the failure modes of a process. After diagramming a process, each step of the process must be examined to determine the failure modes. Typically this is done by team brainstorming to identify the potential failure modes, then a summary of those modes through a cause-and-effect diagram, sometimes called a "fishbone" or Ishikawa diagram. (Preview)

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