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The 5 Most Common Mistakes of the ICU

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 2 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 2480 reviews

Course Summary

By its name, Intensive Care indicates the utmost level of attention to the critically ill patient. ICU patients are typically monitored by numerous machines, as well as by many physicians, nurses, therapists, and other medical professionals to ensure their wellbeing. But even with such a thorough level of care — and sometimes because of it — mistakes can be made in the ICU. This course examines the five most common mistakes of the ICU and offers strategies for preventing these mistakes. It also identifies the responsibilities of medical and nursing professionals should a mistake occur.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Patient History Errors
    1. Pre-existing Conditions
    2. Allergies or Sensitivities to Medications, Substances, Foods
  3. Diagnostic Errors
    1. Heart Attacks
    2. Acute Coronary Syndromes
    3. Pulmonary Embolism
    4. Pneumonia
    5. Aspergillosis
    6. Abdominal Bleeding and Acute Abdomen
  4. Medication Prescription Errors
    1. Overview
    2. Types of Drug Errors
    3. Approaches to Minimize Errors
  5. Model For Improvement
    1. Medication Administration Errors
    2. Communication Errors
    3. What To Do in the Event of a Mistake
  6. Summary


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