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Florida Medical Errors Prevention

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Course Overview

Florida Medical Errors Prevention

Author: Michael York

This fulfills the continuing education requirement for Medication errors for the state of Florida.  

For as long as there have been medical professionals, there have been medical errors.  Medical errors can be small and seemingly insignificant to a catastrophic sentinel event.    

The Joint Commission (TJC) is a healthcare accrediting agency that sets the standard for patient safety.  Each year, TJC publishes a list of national patient safety goals.  These goals are focused on the prevention of medical errors.  In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that medical errors harmed up to 40% of patients within the global healthcare system.  These medical errors not only cause harm to millions of people worldwide, but they also cost billions of dollars on an annual basis (9). 

There are many different types of medical errors.  They include, but are not limited to: medication errors, healthcareacquired infections, surgical errors, lab errors, falls, documentation issues, and omitted care.  Healthcare workers must be aware of the possible harm that can be caused by medical errors and the ways in which they can be prevented.   

Course Outline

  1.  Introduction 
  2. Factors That Impact the Occurrence of Medical Errors 
  3. Recognizing Error-Prone Situations 
  4. Processes to Improve Patient Outcomes 
  5. Responsibilities for Reporting 
  6. Safety Needs of Special Populations 
  7. Public Education 
  8. Case Studies 
  9. Conclusion 
  10. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the prevention of medical errors. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Recognize factors that impact the occurrence of medical errors. 
  2. Recognize error-prone situations. 
  3. Identify processes to improve patient outcomes. 
  4. Understand their facility’s responsibilities for reporting. 
  5. Recognize the needs of special populations. 
  6. Identify resources for public education on medical errors. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course Created On: February 24, 2021

Course Renewed On: February 03, 2024

Course Expires On: February 03, 2027

Course Offering: #19