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Course Overview

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. Errors emerge from a complex interaction of factorsc. The good intentions of healthcare providers are not enough to halt errors. They need to be well informed about when and where errors can occur. The reporting of medical errors and action plans to correct the problems have been increasingly on the national agenda. 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.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (8 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center


    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.

  • California Board of Registered Nursing


    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


    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


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • American Association for Respiratory Care


    This program has been approved as non-traditional Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.

    Approval #: 183691000 This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing


    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing


    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing


    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define sentinel event, root cause analysis, and failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis; Describe the effect of medical errors on healthcare providers; Discuss safety needs of special populations; Discuss the importance of public education in reducing errors; Examine sources and types of medical errors; Identify error-prone situations; Relate theories and strategies to reduce errors and improve patient outcomes
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

    - Goal 1: Improve the accuracy of patient identification

    - Goal 2: Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers

    - Goal 3: Improve the safety of using medications

    - Goal 6: Reduce the harm associated with clinical alarm systems

    - Goal 7: Reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections

    - Goal 15: The hospital identifies safety risks inherent in its patient population

    - UP.01.01.01-UP.01.03.01 Universal Protocol

    Section 2: Risky Responsibility

    Section 3: Acknowledgement and Accountability

    Section 4: Types of errors and sentinel events

    Section 5: Factors that affect the occurrence of medical errors

    - Wrong-site surgery

    - Ineffective communication

    Section 6: Reporting Errors

    - Root cause analysis (RCA)

    - Failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) 

    Section 7: Preventing Errors and Improving Patient Outcomes

    Section 8: Accountability for Reporting and Investigating 

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Beginner level Social Workers; Entry level Occupational Therapists; Level II level Dietitians; Nurses; Physical Therapists; Physicians; Respiratory Therapists; 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.
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