Six Principles of Mistake Proofing Care


Mitigation accepts and even embraces the fact that errors will occur. Its intent is to reduce the impact of inevitable errors on the final outcome. Mitigation’s effectiveness is best seen when potential areas for failure are identified, and at those points a “safe” failure is created. These are obvious failures that are low cost and easy to correct or replace.

In healthcare, detection works at the point of error to identify and correct them, ideally before they reach the patient. Mitigation functions to reduce the impact of an error.

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Thought question:
Imagine the impact to a patient of an incorrect lab result. What if erroneous results were released on a test for HIV?


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