Humans drive healthcare systems, and humans make mistakes. Even the most well-educated, well-trained and dedicated professionals make errors. The Institute of Medicine defines medical error as “the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim.” Whatever the mechanism, the consequences of an error can be significant. Hospital errors cause approximately 400,000 deaths each year in the U.S. While the nature of errors in occupational and physical therapy practice is less likely to lead to death, physical or psychological harm may occur and should always be considered significant.
The goal of this practice errors and sentinel events continuing education program is to define common practice errors in occupational and physical therapy and explore approaches for prevention. The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals will also be described, as they impact practice and service delivery models. After you study the information here, you will be able to:
- Define practice errors and sentinel events most common in therapy practice
- Identify strategies to reduce errors and improve patient safety
- Describe the impact of errors on patients and providers
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Occupational Therapy Process 1: Outcomes
Professional Issues 2: Supervision
Professional Issues 3: Contemporary Issues and Trends
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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