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NUR154 - Preventing Medical Errors (2.5 HR)

Purpose: Health care personnel working in any setting will increase their understanding of and skills for eliminating medical errors. Objectives: 1. Discuss the impact of medical errors; 2. Define common types of medical errors, including adverse and sentinel events; 3. Identify factors that increase the risk of error prone situations; 4. Discuss safety needs of patients and the processes to meet them; 5. Describe error reduction and prevention measures; 5. Explain key concepts for proper medical documentation and communication; 6. Explore the JCAHO requirements for improving safety and quality of care; 7. Discuss professional and legal responsibilities for reporting medical errors and sentinel events; 8.Describe system processes to improve outcomes, including root cause analysis. Continuing Education Credits: 2.5 contact hours Iowa BON #335; 2.5 contact hours CA Board of Nursing CEP 14033; 2.5 contact hours CE Broker # 50-4572 Florida and District of Columbia; 0 contact hours for Social Work State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 159.001315; 0 contact hours for Physical Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 216.000284; 0 contact hours for Occupational Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 224.000164; 2.5 CE hours for certified long term care department heads; and other health care disciplines.