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
This course is intended for imaging and radiation therapists.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 4/10/2012 to 5/1/2017.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.