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Prevention of Medical Errors

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

The identification and prevention of medical errors requires the participation of all members of the health team, including patients. The traditional way of coping with medical errors was to assume errors were the result of individual mistakes such as carelessness and inattention, creating a culture of blame. However, it has become clear this approach is not optimal. It does not address the root causes of medical errors, system problems, it discourages disclosure of errors, and without disclosure errors cannot be prevented. Enhancing health team knowledge and the environment of care will help to reduce the risk of a medical error.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Medical Error And Terminology

1.   Medical Error

2.   Adverse Event

III.         Diagnostic Errors

1.   Patient Population

2.   Data Sources

3.   Causes of Diagnostic Errors

IV.          Patient Falls In Healthcare

V.            Laboratory Errors

VI.          Medication Errors

1.   Prescribing Errors

2.   Administration and Preparation Errors

3.   Dispensing Errors

4.   Monitoring Errors

VII.       Surgical Errors

1. Treatment Errors

VIII.     Root Cause: Human And System Factors

1.   Time Constraints

2.   Poor Communication

3.   Lack of Knowledge

4.   Healthcare Setting

IX.          Medical Errors And Reduction Strategies

1.   Diagnostic Errors and Cognitive Mistakes

2.   Medication Error Prevention

3.   Preventing Surgical Errors

4.   Preventing Treatment Errors

X.             Patient Awareness Of Medical Error Prevention

1.   Disclosure of Medical Errors

XI.          Summary


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