The healthcare industry aims to improve therapeutic outcomes and quality of life while effectively reducing the risk of harm to patients. Medical errors thwart these goals. Despite the efforts of healthcare providers, medical error rates in communities, hospitals and homes remain high. Preventable medical errors not only affect patients, family members and healthcare providers but also contribute to soaring healthcare costs. Some estimate the annual cost of injuries related to medical errors at billions of dollars. The goal of this continuing education program is to explore approaches to prevent medical errors that are both system-based and human performance-based and to describe The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals as they pertain to medical errors in hospitals.
The goal of this preventing medical errors continuing education program is to explore approaches to prevent medical errors that are both system-based and human performance-based and describe The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals as they pertain to medical errors in hospitals. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Examine sources and types of medical errors.
- Identify error-prone situations.
- Relate theories and strategies to reduce the occurrence of errors and improve patient outcomes.
- Define sentinel event, root cause analysis, and failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis.
- Discuss safety needs of special populations.
- Describe the impact of medical errors on healthcare providers.
- Discuss the importance of public education in reducing errors.
Gannett Education is an approved sponsor by The New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/15.
This activity is provided by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
Gannett Education is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1795 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 12S2092 for 12/02/12 to 12/02/13, 13S1898 for 12/03/13 to 12/03/14).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. ME120018198 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, ME130019786 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13).
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4126 for 12/15/11 to 12/14/12, 4811 for 12/15/12 to 12/14/13, 5259 for 12/15/13 to 12/14/14).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 111-2012 from 01/03/12 to 01/31/14).
Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4077 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 437-4608 for 12/01/12 to 12/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit. .
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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