In the years following the landmark study from the Institute of Medicine, To Error is Human, regulatory agencies and professional organizations have developed protocols and standards to reduce mistakes and enhance patient safety. While progress has been made, medical errors continue to be a leading cause of death.
This program, the first in a three-part series, identifies the different types of medical errors, and discusses the "systems approach method taken by a variety of government agencies and professional organizations to prevent medical errors.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
- Define different terms used to describe medical errors
- Describe examples of each of the three factors contributing to medical errors
- List the eight most common types of medical errors
- Identify and explain the difference between the old approach and the new approach to preventing medical errors
- Describe the key action healthcare institutions must take to effectively prevent medical errors