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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 (1 Match)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association


    Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

    Course approval ID# Blanket Providership Approval Pre-2020. This Distance Learning-Independent is offered at 0.2 CEUs Introductory,Category 1, 2 & 3.

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:

    1.       Improve the accuracy of patient identification

    2.       Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers

    3.       Improve the safety of using medications

    4.       Reduce the harm associated with clinical alarm systems

    5.       Reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections

    6.       The hospital identifies safety risks inherent in its patient population

    7.       Risky Responsibility

    8.       Acknowledgment and Accountability

    9.       Types of Errors and Sentinel Events

    10.   Factors That Affect the Occurrence of Medical Errors

    11.   Wrong-site surgery

    12.   Ineffective communication

    13.   Reporting Errors

    14.   Root cause analysis (RCA)

    15.   Failure mode effect analysis

    16.   Preventing Errors and Improving Patient Outcomes

    17.   Accountability for Reporting and Investigating  

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry level Occupational 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.
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  • 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.