Promoting a Culture of Safety to Prevent Medical Errors - JA0008057-0000-19-070-H05-P

Promoting a Culture of Safety to Prevent Medical Errors

by Joyce Lahue, MS, BSN, RN, CPHRM, FASHRM
JA0008057-0000-19-070-H05-P
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Summary:

An organization promotes a culture of safety by focusing on how and why a problem occurred rather than on the person whose action or inaction caused the error. Experts refer to healthcare organizations that have a passion for patient safety as high-reliability organizations. In such organizations, being on the alert for how patients can be protected from harm is part of everyday work life. Although high-reliability organizations have few adverse events, they still continually explore risks and ways patient safety may be compromised. This module will offer suggestions for establishing and maintaining a culture of safety. It explains sentinel events and how to avoid them.

Objectives:

The goal of this medical error continuing education program is to inform nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, social workers, and other healthcare providers about national efforts to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe how the culture of healthcare organizations affects patient safety
  • Cite three examples of sentinel events
  • Discuss the healthcare provider’s role in providing a safe environment for patients
 

 
Accreditation Information
 
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, certified medical assistants, EMTs/paramedics, pharmacists, physicians, and social workers.
 
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
 
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
 
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
 
Type of Activity: Knowledge
 
Initial Release Date: 5/01/2019; Planned Expiration Date: 12/31/2019