Medical Error Prevention

Program Description

Few medical errors are attributed to faulty medical judgment. More commonly, they are attributed to system failures inherent in healthcare delivery. By drawing on our professional liability closed claims data, we have identified common performance and diagnostic errors. We analyzed loss prevention measures in tandem with the elements necessary to conduct a credible and thorough root cause analysis to reduce system failures, respond to sentinel events, prevent medical errors, and improve patient safety. In addition to wrong-site surgery, adverse drug events, and surgery complications, we review commonly misdiagnosed conditions related to cancer, Ob/gyn, respiratory, and cardiology.

The purpose of this educational activity is to provide physicians with the most current information regarding the prevention of common performance and diagnostic errors.  

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Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Assess areas of my practice that are at high risk for medical errors.
  • Educate my staff and colleagues about specific changes in policies and/or processes that can reduce risks of medical errors.
  • Implement at least one change in my practice that can reduce the risk of medical error.

Disclosure

No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 

Course Developers

Susan Shepard, MSN, MA, RN, CPHRM, Senior Director, Patient Safety Staff Education, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only those credit(s) commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates two hours for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 18026.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 12/13/2018
Expiration Date for This Activity: 12/13/2020

Disclaimer

The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State.

Technical Requirements

This activity is best experienced using the most current browser (or one back) of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Microsoft Edge.  For all activities featuring audio you must have a sound card and speakers. To view graphic images and references that appear in separate "pop-up" windows, you must have JavaScript and session cookies enabled on your computer.  Adobe Acrobat Reader may be required for certain activities.

Resources

Visit our Resource document for this program. 

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact educationsupport@thedoctors.com or call 800.421.2368, extension 1243.