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To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overall 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.
    • Agenda

    • Course Overview
    • Terminology
    • Introduction
    • General Recommendations for System-wide Change
    • Autoimmune Disease
    • Sources of Medication Errors
    • The 5 'Rights' of Safe Medication Administration
    • Joint Commission Safety Measures
    • Patient Involvement and Education
    • Conclusion

      The purpose of Preventing Medication Errors is to review general recommendations for large-scale, system-wide changes that can be made to prevent medication errors, to describe common sources of medication errors and the five "rights" of safe medication administration, and to describe practices and safe medication measures recommended by the Joint Commission to prevent medication errors. The course also conveys the importance of patient involvement and education as a means of preventing medication errors.

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

    • Explain the various aspects of the "systems approach to error prevention," including reporting systems, standardized safety procedures and safety training.
    • Describe the importance of applying lessons learned from sentinel events.
    • Identify the key attributes of building a new culture of safety to prevent medication errors.
    • Identify the different types of medication errors that can occur.
    • Define the five 'rights' of safe medication administration to help prevent medication errors.
    • Describe additional 'rights' that some institutions have defined to help prevent medication errors.
    • Describe safe medication practice measures recommended by the Joint Commission.
    • Describe the importance of involving patients themselves in the treatment process as a means of ensuring safer medication administration.

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