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Preventing Medical Errors for Clinical Health Professionals

Preventing Medical Errors for Clinical Health Professionals

Format

Monograph

Time to Complete

2 hours

Released

January 31, 2014

Expires

January 31, 2017

Maximum Credits

2.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
2.00 / CE for Nurses

Accredited Provider

This activity is provided by AKH Inc.

Commercial Supporter

This activity is NOT supported by a commercial educational grant.

Needs Statement

The 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System brought prominence to the issue of medical error in the US. Since that time multiple activities at various levels of private and regulatory arenas have targeted identification and resolution of medical error. The process is dynamic and health professionals need education of error reduction techniques so as to improve safety in their professional activities and work setting. Some regulatory agencies require specific medical error education for licensure or re-licensure of health professionals.

Course Goals

This educational monograph addresses the identification, reporting, monitoring and reduction of medical error. It is intended to make participants aware of the magnitude of the problem, of the many-leveled activities needed to resolve it, and the importance of each person’s role in the national effort to reduce medical errors.

Intended Audience

This activity is designed for clinical health professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurses and psychologists at all levels and settings in the healthcare industry.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

1. Recognize the magnitude and far reaching effects of medical error
2. Categorize factors contributing to the occurrence of medical error
3. Describe the healthcare professional’s role in identifying error-prone situations
4. Explain the importance of reporting medical error
5. Specify at least two recommended practice modifications to promote safety and reduce the incidence of medical error
6. Review the processes of root cause analysis and failure mode and effects analysis when analyzing error

Accredited Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty

Mary Kathleen Ebener PhD, RN
Dr. Ebener teaches courses in nursing, healthcare and statistical analysis at the Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL. She holds a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University; her MSN is from Andrews University, MI; and her PhD is from the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is currently employed by AKH Inc. as an Educational Consultant.

Dr. Ebener discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Peggyann Zaenger, BS, PharmD
Dr. Zaenger has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Toledo and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan. She previously worked at AKH Inc. as an Educational Consultant.

Dr. Zaenger discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Jonathan S. Holman, BS, PharmD
Dr. Holman has extensive experience as a clinical pharmacist in adult intensive are and has held clinical management roles in medical centers. He currently serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Florida and supervises a clinical rotation in Drug Information. In addition to his role at AKH Inc., Dr. Holman works as a clinical pharmacist at Orange Park Medical Center.

Dr. Holman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Colorado and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical university of South Carolina. He is a certified CME Professional from the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals, Inc.

Dr. Holman discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

AKH REVIEWER
Christine Redfield, BS, PharmD

Dr. Redfield has experience in clinical, consulting and pharmacy education. She currently holds her pharmacist licensure in the State of Florida and Oregon and is a registered Pharmacy Consultant in Florida. After completing her pharmacy residency in the State of Wyoming, her focus became strong in geriatrics, behavioral health and education. She is currently working as a Clinical Pharmacist in a hospital in Southern Oregon as well as participating as an independent consultant.

Dr. Redfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry and Biology from the University of North Florida. She also holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience in the research field, having held a position with The Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville. She was the 2009 recipient of the Judith Reyes Award, has given numerous presentations covering various pharmacy topics and is a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Redfield discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Credit

2.00

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Credit

2.00

Type

CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Florida Nurses: AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is an approved provider for nursing continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing #50-2560.

Designation Statement

This activity is awarded 2.00 contact hours.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity does not include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

AKH Inc.’s courses are designed solely to provide healthcare professionals with information to assist in their practice and professional development. The courses are researched thoroughly, utilizing current literature and including practical experiences. AKH’s courses are not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The courses serve as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, they cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH educational courses do not endorse commercial products. The author(s) and the publisher specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the courses. AKH further disclaims any responsibility for undetected errors, or from the reader’s misunderstanding of the course.

Method of Participation

To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better is required. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.

If you have any questions relating to the accreditation of this activity, please contact AKH Inc. at AKHCustomerService@akhealthcare.com.

Copyright

Copyright © 2011, AKH Inc. No part of this publication may be produced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.

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