Despite the efforts of healthcare providers, medical error rates in communities, hospitals, and homes remain high. Patients and families pay for errors through disability and death. Preventable medical errors not only affect patients, family members, and healthcare providers but also contribute to soaring healthcare costs. This activity will 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.
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 to 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 errors and improve patient outcomes
- Define sentinel event, root cause analysis, and failure mode effects analysis
- Discuss safety needs of special populations
- Describe the effect of medical errors on healthcare providers
- Discuss the importance of public education in reducing errors
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain of OT: Context and Environment
Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes
Professional Issues: Administration and Management
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, imaging and radiation therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
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OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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