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Prevention of Medical Errors

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN

Duration: 2 hours

Course Summary

The rates of medical errors remain a public health and safety risk. Safe patient care requires all members of the health team and the public to be educated on how to recognize and prevent a medical error, and to advocate for needed changes to improve the delivery of healthcare. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of medical errors in today’s health care system and to identify the incidence and causes of medical errors and the risk factors disposing to medical errors, and to provide strategies to prevent medical errors in the healthcare setting, including by patients.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Diagnostic Errors
  3. . Patient Falls
  4. Laboratory Errors
  5. Medication Errors
  6. Other Medical Errors
    1. Surgical errors
    2. Treatment errors
  7. Prevention Of Medical Errors
    1. Fragmentation
    2. Time constraints
    3. Poor communication
    4. Lack of knowledge
    5. Healthcare setting
  8. Medical Errors And Reduction Strategies
  9. Preventing Medical Errors: Helping The Patient
  10. Disclosure Of Medical Errors
  11. Summary


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