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.
This activity intended for nurses involved with providing patient care.
No commerical support was provided for the development of this activity.
STATEMENT OF NEED The expression 'Never Events' refers to those shocking medical errors, such as wrong-site surgery, that should never occur. Attention to these events comes on the heels of the landmark report by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine's To Err is Human, released in the year 2000, with the startling data that as many as 98,000 persons die of medical mistakes in the United States every year.
Many of these events have already been addressed by initiatives of the Joint Commission. Specifically, the Joint Commission initiated and regularly updates the National Patient Safety Goals and the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has also moved aggressively to improve patient safety by adopting a policy of actively addressing some of these identified Never Events, and in fact is no longer paying hospitals for the consequences of some of them, when they do occur.
To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:Read this Course Introduction / Attestation section in its entirety.Read the course material. Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more. Submit the online activity evaluation form.
Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*
Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number FBN2818).
*Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.
CREDIT DESIGNATIONMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education.
The expression 'Never Events' refers to those shocking medical errors, such as wrong-site surgery, that should never occur. This is the second of three activities on Never Events and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), and addresses measures that nurses and other healthcare professionals can take to prevent the occurrence of these Never Events.
LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:Define a 'Never Event'Identify the 10 categories of hospital-acquired conditions that currently incur payment implicationsImplement the practices and measures that should be taken to prevent the occurrence of these Never Events
Medcom, Inc. is the corporate author of this educational activity. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, CNS, CPHQ,CPHRM served as nurse planner and subject matter expert in review of the content, and performed a content validation review.
In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.
UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSURE Medcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information. As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.