Differnece between root cause and risk factor? - page 2

I have an assignment to do and I get confused what the difference between these two So risk factor means that there is something that puts a person at a higher risk of developing a certain illness or disease (so obesity is a ... Read More

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    As stated by HouTx, a root cause is found after an event happens.

    Example: Root cause for unilateral lower extremity edema - DVT.
    Risk factor for DVT - s/p surgery

    Root cause for patient receiving a wrong med - nurse didn't perform 5 rights.
    Risk factor for med error: too many patients
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