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Course Overview

Given the significant impact medical errors can have on health and safety, all licensed professionals caring for patients must understand how these errors occur and how to prevent them. This course will discuss factors that increase the risk for medical errors and how the root cause analysis process and other evidence-based strategies can aid in preventing them. In addition, 5 of the most misdiagnosed medical conditions will be reviewed, along with strategies for prevention.

About the Course Author

David Hoeft, MD is a board certified Anesthesiologist at American Anesthesiology of New York. In addition to his strong background in physical and chemical sciences, David is actively involved in graduate medical education and research, and brings clinical and didactic expertise across the continuum of medical practice. David Hoeft, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has extensive experience across a wide spectrum of healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR staff and charge nurse; Director of School Health Services/school nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection control practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist; and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as a SME writer, she provided healthcare learning and development consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University.  Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (11 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.00HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.


    Nurses will receive 2.0 Nursing Contact Hours after successfully completing this course.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    2.00HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Physicians will receive 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
  • Florida Physician Assistants

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-AC-0-MEERPRHP
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-11-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-10-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the root cause analysis process for medical errors. ; Discuss factors that increase the risk for medical errors.; Discuss vulnerable populations and their safety needs related to medical errors.; Identify definitions related to patient safety, medical errors, and adverse events.; Identify strategies for preventing medical errors.\n; List factors that contribute to the 5 most misdiagnosed medical conditions.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: The Current State of Medical Errors
    The Modern Patient Safety Movement
    Progress and Failures
    Terminology
    Review
    Summary
    Section 3: Classifying Medical Errors and Prevention Strategies
    A Framework for Classifying Errors
    Impact
    Error Type
    Domain
    Cause
    Prevention and Mitigation
    Review
    Summary
    Section 4: Contributing Factors to Medical Errors
    Small Departures from the Standard of Care
    Normalization of Deviance
    Unwarranted Variations in Healthcare Practices and Processes
    Contributing Factors to Unwarranted Variation
    Complexity of Healthcare
    Standardization and High-Reliability Organizations
    Clinical Decision Support Tools
    Clinical Pathways
    Review
    Summary
    Section 5: Root Cause Analysis
    What is Root Cause Analysis?
    RCA Goals
    The RCA Team
    Event Review Process
    Trigger Questions
    Actions to Prevent Harm
    Leadership’s Role in RCA
    Review
    Summary
    Section 6: High Frequency and High Severity Medical Errors
    Falls
    Suicide
    Role of Leadership in Developing a Safety Culture
    Inadequate Hand-off Communication
    Medication Errors
    Review
    Summary
    Section 7: Medical Errors and Vulnerable Populations
    Older Adults
    Limited Health Literacy and Limited English Proficiency
    Children
    Review
    Summary
    Section 8: Diagnostic Errors
    Impact of Diagnostic Errors
    Complexities in Diagnosis
    Scope of Diagnoses Related to Patient Harm
    Clinical Reasoning
    Cognitive Biases and Debiasing Strategies
    Review
    Summary
    Section 9: Common Misdiagnosed Medical Conditions
    Cancer-Related Issues
    Neurologic-Related Issues
    Cardiac-Related Issues
    Urological-Related Issues
    Timely Responding to Complications During Surgery and Post-Operatively
    Review
    Summary
    Section 10: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Physician Assistants; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.