Despite the efforts of healthcare providers, including speech-language pathologists and audiologists, 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 course 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 speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).
Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN, is an advanced practice nurse, certified diabetes educator, and certified rehabilitation nurse in private practice in Plantation, Fla., and professor for graduate and undergraduate nursing at University of Phoenix, South Florida campus. Ms. Pavlovich-Dnnis has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
James D. Skordas, AuD, CCC-A, is an audiologist with Front Range Ear, Nose, and Throat, Greeley, Colo. Mr. Skordas has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Lindsay M. Stevens, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric acute care speech pathologist at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz. Ms. Stevens has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
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