Patient safety investigation methodologies
Information on the most common approaches used to understand and learn from patient safety incidents.
All incidents with the highest severity rating should undergo an in-depth investigation. There are a range of investigation methodologies used, the most common are:
- Root Cause Analysis
- London Protocol
- Failure Modes and Effects Analysis.
For review of low severity incidents and near misses, less resource intensive tools are used, for example, After-Action Review, Debriefing and Huddles, and Swarm.
Each organisation or jurisdiction should have policies and procedures to determine when different types of investigation are appropriate.