Preventing Medical Errors for Physical Therapists - PT60033

Preventing Medical Errors for Physical Therapists

by Margi J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CNE, PLNC
(4.2 / 1218 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (2.00 Hour(s))

Price: $34.00
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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 activity is to 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. 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 the occurrence of errors and improve patient outcomes
  • Define sentinel event, root cause analysis, and failure mode, effects and criticality analysis
  • Discuss safety needs of special populations
  • Describe the affect of medical errors on healthcare providers
  • Discuss the importance of public education in reducing errors

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016. 
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1795 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 12S2092 for 12/02/12 to 12/02/13, 13S1898 for 12/03/13 to 12/03/14; 14S1698 for 12/04/14 to 12/04/15; 15S2367 for 12/05/15 to 12/05/16).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. ME120018198 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, ME130019786 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; ME140021441 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; ME150023670 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27017 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4126 for 12/15/11 to 12/14/12, 4811 for 12/15/12 to 12/14/13, 5259 for 12/15/13 to 12/14/14; 5823 for 12/15/14 to 12/14/15; 2216 for 12/15/15 to 12/14/16).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002866 for 02/05/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003890 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007139 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 111-2012 from 01/03/12 to 01/31/14; 224-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15; 11/15/15 to 11/15/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4077 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 437-4608 for 12/01/12 to 12/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit. .
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 11/29/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/1/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/1/2017


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jennifer V - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Jul 22, 2016
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James W - Birdsboro, PA  ·  Jul 20, 2016
helpful information and easy to understand
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Jonathan T - Memphis, TN  ·  Jul 05, 2016
Although somewhat lengthy, this course offered an interesting insight regarding the errors and cause of errors made through hospital systems. I feel it gave me a decent idea as how administrative entities are approaching this problem and attempting to fix this issue.
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Carly R - Seminole, FL  ·  Jul 01, 2016
This course was helpful.
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Jarod S - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Jun 26, 2016
always good to review methods to reduce error
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