These problems may be more difficult to identify. Discrete problems may occur within a system but may only affect a small extent of the entire system.
- For example: the problem may reflect an isolated incident, affect one or fewer individuals or staff, or be present at one or a limited number of times or locations.
Because even relatively isolated problems could stem from a systemic problem, it is imperative that the facility examine all problems carefully to determine whether there is a system failure before assuming the problem is discrete.
When there are minor or few problems within a system, then the violation/deficiency may be related to a discrete problem, rather than a systemic problem.