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Preventing Medical Errors: Education for Florida State Clinicians

presented by Nancy Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC

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Financial— Nancy Allen receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She is the owner and senior consultant for Solutions for Care, Inc., and receives royalties Author: Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival, 7th Edition (2019) Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 132 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 59 Minutes

This course will help the learner to understand medical errors and their impact on health care. Definitions will be provided, along with information about how to recognize a medical error, how to know what is reportable, and how to best respond for the benefit of the clinician and the patient. Processes, case studies, and methods for root cause analysis will be discussed. The course addresses methods to identify and minimize vulnerabilities. Safeguard systems and National Patient Safety Goals will be reviewed to provide the learner with practical implementation methods to minimize medical errors and improve patient safety.

Meet Your Instructor

Nancy Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC

Nancy E. Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC, is the owner and CEO of Solutions for Care, Inc., a consulting company specializing in community-based healthcare and care management. Her experience includes clinical, administrative, and provider roles as well as ten years as a state and accreditation surveyor. She has served as a Corporate Integrity Monitor for the…

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1. Introduction: Medical Errors

The prevalence of medical errors and their impact on health care will be discussed. Too often, medical errors are unrecognized and underreported. Some studies indicate medical errors are the third leading cause of death for patients in the United States.

2. Medical Errors Defined

This chapter will define medication errors of commission or omission, adverse drug events, and sentinel events. It is important to know how to recognize medical errors, when to report, and how best to respond.

3. Why Do Medical Errors Occur?

Based on scientific studies, why and how do medical errors occur? Processes and case studies will be discussed. The use of root cause analysis to identify vulnerabilities to medical errors will be presented.

4. Medical Error Reduction and Prevention

Learn about the science of human factors and its influence in medical errors. Gain knowledge to prevent and mitigate medical errors to create positive outcomes for the clinician and the patient alike.

5. Safeguards for Medical Error Prevention

It is important to develop and apply system safeguards to minimize medical errors and decrease risk to patients, staff, and the organization. Best practice systems and the National Patient Safety Goals will be reviewed to provide the learner with practical implementation methods to minimize and avoid medical errors.

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