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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

  • Agenda

  • 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, Part 1: New Approaches to an Old Problem 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 the process of distinguishing system errors from errors made by individuals.

    The purpose of this program is to describe the different types of medical errors that can occur, and introduce the concept of the 'systems approach' to error prevention.

    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.

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