Preventing Medical Errors for Physical Therapists - PT60033

Preventing Medical Errors for Physical Therapists

by Zane Robinson Wolf, RN, PhD, FAAN and Margi J. Schultz, RN, MSN, PhD, CNE, PLNC
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This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (2.00 Hour(s))

Please review the required clinical vignette below and answer the quiz questions.
You must answer all questions correctly to proceed. If you answer a question incorrectly, we will provide a clue to the correct answer.

Once you successfully completed the short test associated with the clinical vignette, proceed to the multiple-choice exam.
To earn contact hours, you must achieve a score of 75% on your exam. You may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass the test.

A registered nurse agreed with her nurse colleague’s judgment to take her critical care unit patient off an IV pump to administer a bolus of lidocaine (Xylocaine) for his premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). The first nurse did not see any harm in the decision. The patient suffered a seizure and died after resuscitation efforts failed. The error was interpreted as a wrong dose mistake.

A root cause analysis (RCA) was conducted, led by the patient safety officer. The following questions address the RCA process.

01 )
RCA focuses on —

02 )
In a medication-related sentinel event, such as the lidocaine example, it would be helpful to others to:

03 )
The goal of RCA is —

04 )
The crossdisciplinary team mobilized during a RCA reflects the fact that healthcare errors —