To complete this course, you must do the following:
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:
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