Preventing Medical Errors for Physical Therapists - PT60033

Preventing Medical Errors for Physical Therapists

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN
(4.3 / 2507 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 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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, imaging and radiation therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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 CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH 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; 16S2261 for 12/06/16 to 12/06/17; 17S6292 for 12/7/17 to 12/7/18).
The FL 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; CE17-538056 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538056 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 CE 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; 2016-530 for 12/15/16 to 12/14/17; 2017-436 for 12/15/17 to 12/14/18).
The PA 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; PTCE010053 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ 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; 2016-829 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-221 for  2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD 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 NV State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL 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 IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE 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: 8/18/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/18/2019


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James W - Birdsboro, PA  ·  Nov 13, 2018
interesting and informative
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james h - Tampa, FL  ·  Nov 13, 2018
easy to navigate. To the point
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Jessica P - king of prussia, PA  ·  Nov 12, 2018
I would have appreciated more examples or errors and outcomes. It was easy to follow.
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Patricia G - Laredo, TX  ·  Nov 11, 2018
Informative subject that is very important to implement.
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VIRGINIA C - Holland, PA  ·  Nov 11, 2018
More examples relating to physical therapy would be helpful.
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Price: $34.00
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