Promoting a Culture of Safety to Prevent Medical Errors - SLPA2074

Promoting a Culture of Safety to Prevent Medical Errors

by Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
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This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


An organization promotes a culture of safety by focusing on how and why a problem occurred rather than on the person whose action or inaction caused an error. Experts refer to healthcare organizations that have a passion for patient safety as high-reliability organizations. In such organizations, being on the alert for how patients can be protected from harm is part of everyday work life. Although high-reliability organizations have few adverse events, they still continually explore risks and ways patient safety may be compromised. This module will offer suggestions for establishing and maintaining a culture of safety. It explains sentinel events and how to avoid them.


The goal of this medical error continuing education program is to inform healthcare workers about national efforts to prevent both medical errors and harm to patients. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe how the culture of healthcare organizations affects patient safety.
  • Give three examples of sentinel events.
  • Discuss the role of healthcare providers in providing a safe environment for patients.

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for audiologists and speech-language pathologists
If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs, you must enter an ASHA Member Number as one of the licenses in your user profile. If you do not yet have an ASHA Member Number, please enter one anyway.  Please use “11111111” in the license number field and any date in the Date Issued and Date Expires fields. You can edit the license information later after you are issued your member number.
Remember, ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively, so it is very important that you follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs. If you have any questions, contact or 800-866-0919. Only those participants who follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs will have their course information submitted to the ASHA CE Registry.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area).
Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient Orthopedic and neurology, long term care, home health, inpatient rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputation care, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Research and Development. Laurel has been an adjunct Professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently an Occupational Therapy writer for the PAC (Post-Acute Care) team with Relias.
Disclosure: Ms. Koss has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 2/9/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/30/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/30/2022

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00