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To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

  • Medical Errors provides an overview of the issue of medical errors in the American healthcare system. The program identifies the different types of medical errors, and discusses the 'systems approach' as a new way to dramatically reduce them. The program also discusses a number of important changes in healthcare practice that are occurring in an effort to reduce medical errors. These include the role and goals of the patient safety team, an overview of the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery, and the procedures for disclosing medical errors to patients. And lastly, the program discusses changes in how medications are handled and administered in American healthcare, including an overview of the different kinds of medication errors that can occur, and specific guidance on how nursing staff can prevent these errors.

    The purpose of this program is to describe the different types of medical errors that can occur, introduce the concept of the "systems approach" to error prevention, describe the role and goals of the patient safety team in ensuring patient safety and meeting Joint Commission safety goals, and describe strategies to prevent medication errors.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define the different types of medical errors that can occur.
  • Describe the various aspects of the 'systems approach to error prevention,' including reporting systems, standardized safety procedures and safety training.
  • Describe the process that institutions must go through when determining whether a medical error was a systems error or an individual error.
  • Explain the types of questions that must be answered in order to determine a systems error vs. an individual error.
  • Describe how the practice of safety consciousness and anticipation of likely errors can be put into daily practice.
  • Describe the overall goals of prevention practices, and why implementing them is important.
  • Explain the purpose and responsibilities of the patient safety team.
  • Describe the importance of standardized safety practices
  • Identify National Patient Safety Goals.
  • Describe the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery.
  • Describe the process for proper disclosure of medical errors to patients.
  • Identify the different types of medication errors that can occur.
  • Explain the steps that must be taken in daily practice to successfully prevent medication errors.
  • Describe best practices that are designed to prevent medication errors.
  • Describe and abide by the seven National Patient Safety Goals that specifically address medication errors.
  • Identify key precautions that can be incorporated into daily nursing practice to help protect patients from the possibility of medication errors.

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