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Medical Error Prevention

Medical errors course now required for Florida licensees!

Chapter 456.013(7), Florida Statutes, now requires all Department of Health licensees, which includes all Florida-licensed dentists and hygienists, to complete a 2-hour CE course on prevention of medical errors.

Our concise 2-hour course meets this new requirement and will help you to:

  • Identify patients at greatest risk for medical errors;
  • Differentiate the types of medical errors and their causes; and
  • Recognize error-prone situations in your own practice and how to reduce them.

Medical Error Prevention

How to know what to order? This course comes as a booklet with the course and test all in one so you are only paying to take the test.  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the booklet/test then choose our PDF email option! Would you rather receive a hard copy in the mail? Then choose the book/test option. Email courses will take their test online while those that choose the hard copy can either mail their test back in the envelop we provide for grading OR take your test right online for immediate grading.

Medical Error Prevention

Medical Error Prevention
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

2 hours     $25.00

Medical Error Prevention
(PDF and test by email) Online Only

2 hours    $25.00

Last reviewed: March 1, 2017
Expires: March 1, 2020

Medical Error Prevention

About the Authors

Barbara S. Russell, RN, MPH, CIC, is the Director of Infection Control Services at Baptist Hospital of Miami, Florida, and Infection Control Practitioner for Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida. During her 42 years of professional experience as a nurse, she has been involved firsthand in safeguarding against medical errors and the creation of systems that will prevent such errors.

Barbara Russell is currently a member of the Board of Trustees (and previously served as President) of the Research Foundation of Complications Associated with Health Care, an affiliation of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC). She is also a member of the Committee on Standards and Guidelines of the American Nurses Association (ANA). She is a Board member of the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) and Chair of the FNA's Disaster Preparedness Task Force; she previously served as President of the FNA's District 5. She frequently consults and lectures in health care and educational settings, and in private industry, on acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), epidemiology, and infection control and safety, and serves as a legislative liaison for the Florida Practitioners of Infection Control (FPIC).

In 2002, Barbara Russell received both the APIC Carol DeMille Achievement Award and the Health Care Professional Hero of the Year Award of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. In 1997, she received the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Achievement Award for Nursing Leadership in HIV Care. She has testified before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Florida legislators, and three U.S. Congressional subcommittees on safety in health care settings for both patients and workers. She has written numerous articles for professional newsletters and journals.

Medical Error Prevention

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Patients at greatest risk of experiencing medical errors.
  2. Types of medical errors and factors known to cause them.
  3. Recommendations for reducing and preventing specific types of medical errors.
  4. Methods of communicating with and educating patients to increase their safety.
  5. Goals, requirements, and hindrances concerning reporting of sentinel events.
  6. Procedures for mandatory and voluntary root cause analyses.

Medical Error Prevention

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  • Chapter 1 Introduction.    
    Populations at Greatest Risk    
    Types of Medical Errors  
    A Systems Approach Is Needed    
    Professional Education
  • Chapter 2 Types of Medical Errors    
    Sentinel Events    
    Diagnostic Errors    
    Treatment Errors  
    Medication Errors    
    Medical Device Errors
  • Chapter 3 Error Reduction & Prevention    
    Reduce System Errors    
    Learn About Your Patients    
    Improve Patient Communication    
    Improve Worker Communication    
    Diagnostic Error Reduction    
    Surgery-Related Precautions    
    Wrong Surgery Error Reduction    
    Treatment Other Than Surgery    
    Medication Error Reduction    
    Avoiding Medical Device Errors
  • Chapter 4 Patient Participation    
    Informed Consent    
    Pediatric Patients
  • Chapter 5 Adverse Event Reporting    
    Mandatory Reporting    
    Voluntary Reporting    
    Why Events Are Underreported    
    Improving Reporting    
    Informing Patients
  • Chapter 6 Root Cause Analysis  
    Who Should Perform RCAs?    
    The RCA Process    
    What an RCA Can Reveal    
    Creating a Culture of Safety
  • Appendix
    Medical Error Examples
    Reference List
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