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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, imaging and radiation therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This program has been approved for 2 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. This CE course is approved from 1/11/2012 to 1/11/2014, 6/25/2014 to 6/25/2016, and 9/25/2016 to 9/25/2018.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).
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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. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.
This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.
For Florida professionals:
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