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Figure 3-6

Mistake-Proofing the Design of Health Care Processes -

Figures 3.6A-F. Examples of making errors more obvious

Photograph of gauge. Clear markings on the gauge make mistakes more obvious.

A. Gauge

Close-up photograph of automobile door lock. Color coding (in this illustration, shading) indicates when the door lock is open.

B. Color coding

Photograph of toothbrush. Color coding on the middle bristles of the brush indicates that the toothbrush is new.

C. Toothbrush, New

Photograph of toothbrush. Faded color coding on the middle bristles indicates that the toothbrush should be replaced.

D. Toothbrush, Replace

Close-up photograph of safety harness buckle. Color coding on the buckle indicates that the safety harness is not buckled correctly; the colored section is covered by the strap.

E. Buckle, Incorrect

Close-up photograph of safety harness buckle. Color coding on the buckle indicates that the safety harness is buckled correctly; the colored section is not covered by the strap.

E. Buckle, Correct

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Current as of May 2007
Internet Citation: Figure 3-6: Mistake-Proofing the Design of Health Care Processes -. May 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/mistakeproof/mistakefig3-6.html