Another type of latent error
in consideration of infection potential is equipment problems.
Eindhoven Classification Model of Root Causes (a) Code Category Definition Latent Errors
Errors That Result From Underlying System Failures Technical: Physical items such as equipment, physical installations, software, materials, labels, and forms TEX External Failures beyond the control of the investigating organization.
Through environmental design interventions, the likelihood of such latent errors
can be reduced.
Yet, when there are parallels, it is surely irresponsible for us not to learn those lessons: improving the effectiveness of communication, approaching tasks when well rested, working together in multidisciplinary teams, tirelessly examining systems for latent errors
, and implementing forced functions to prevent negligent acts.
Now, the system automatically uncovers any hidden latent errors
in our code with every build, allowing our developers to proactively fix potential errors prior to release.
Active errors are thought to have effects almost immediately and are likely to be committed by front-line operators whereas latent errors
are removed in time and space and may go undetected until they combine with other factors to produce noticeable effects.
Within this system lie key elements, which are prone to failure at the sharp end, where active (front-line practitioners) errors actually occur, and in the blunt (health care organization) end, where latent errors
most often originate.