The primary purpose of root cause analysis is to:

  • A

    Discover a process flaw

  • B

    Determine who erred

  • C

    Discover environmental hazards

  • D

    Determine basic client needs

Correct Response: A

The primary purpose of root cause analysis is to discover process flaws. Root cause analysis and a blame free environment are essential to a successful performance improvement activity, therefore, root cause analysis does not aim to determine who erred and made a mistake. Root cause analysis explores and digs down to the roots of the problem, its root causes and the things, not people, which are the real reasons why medical errors and mistakes are made.

It is nursing assessment that determines the basic client needs and environmental surveillance that discovers environmental safety hazards, and not root cause analysis.