Take Aim at Medical Errors by Creating a Culture of Safety in the OR - CST466

Take Aim at Medical Errors by Creating a Culture of Safety in the OR

by Robin Newhouse, RN, PhD, CNAA, BC, CNOR and Paula Graling, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNS and Patricia Seifert, RN, MSN, CNOR, CRNFA, FAAN and Beth J. Pettit-Willis, RN, MSN, CNOR, Lt. Col. U.S. Army and Mary E. McNaron, RN, CST, CNOR, MSN
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This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


Patient safety in the OR is not a new concept to healthcare providers, especially perioperative healthcare workers. The perioperative team plays a significant role in the surgical process, including ensuring the correct operative site, operating an extensive array of equipment, and validating patient identifiers. What steps should the surgical team take to ensure their patients’ safety? This module will inform perioperative team members of the evidence-based steps to take to create a culture of safety in the OR.


The goal of this program is to inform perioperative teams how to create a culture of safety in the perioperative setting. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
  • Describe the attributes of a “just culture” as it relates to reducing medical errors.
  • Review common OR processes that are prone to error.
  • Identify the six steps to creating a culture of safety in the OR.
  • Name organizations that are helping create a culture of patient safety.
  • Define never events.

Approval Information
This course is approved for surgical techs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.00 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.

Course Originally Released on: 9/13/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/13/2010
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Nina P - New York, NY  ·  Dec 07, 2016
This course was very informative.
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Nicole G - Ridgefield Park, NJ  ·  Dec 05, 2016
Nice information, very helpful.
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debbie b - calhoun, GA  ·  Dec 02, 2016
This course focused on names of organizations instead of helpful advice for the or tem member. Interesting at best but not that helpful unless you are in management.
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Karen B - Los Angeles, CA  ·  Dec 01, 2016
overall 5 clear and concise information
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Anton A - Brooklyn, NY  ·  Nov 30, 2016
Absolutely an important subject in the OR patient positioning if done incorrectly can cause permanent damage to the patient.
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Price: $5.00
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