Protecting Patient Safety in the Dental Office: Preventing Medical/Dental Errors

About the Course: 
This basic-level course discusses the current state of medical/dental errors and patient safety. Along with highlighting the different types and causes of medical/dental errors, strategies to prevent or control medical/dental errors are presented, and methods of identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical/dental errors are discussed. The course is intended for all dental professionals, including general dentists and dental specialists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. This course is not designed to give legal advice. Rather, its purpose is to provide dental professionals with information on current issues in medical/dental errors and patient safety. 

Course Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Discuss the scope, background, and language of medical/dental errors. 
  • List the error-reducing strategies for common types of medical/dental errors. 
  • Discuss the possible legal and ethical implications of medical/dental errors. 
  • Describe the processes for identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical/dental errors in a culture of safety, including the use of root cause analysis. 
  • Identify populations with increased vulnerability to medical/dental errors. 
  • Discuss patient safety education and patient safety initiatives. 

About the Author: 
Nicholas Grimaudo, DMD, PhD, graduated in 1976 from Adelphi University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his DMD in 1980 from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. Dr. Grimaudo spent 15 years in private practice before returning to academia. He received a master’s degree in material sciences and engineering in 1992 and a master’s degree in oral microbiology in 1995, both from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Grimaudo has taught at the University of Florida College of Dentistry since 1989 and became a tenured faculty member in 1999. He has served the University of Florida as director of quality assurance for its dental clinics, director for advanced techniques with esthetic restorations, and director of infection control in dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Grimaudo completed a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy at the University of Florida College of Education. In addition to teaching and developing coursework on treatment planning and clinical dentistry, Dr. Grimaudo teaches continuing education courses for healthcare professionals on professional ethics and other relevant practice regulatory and clinical topics. He is the owner of OSHA Compliance Training Associates and consults with medical and dental offices on OSHA and HIPAA issues. He has lectured nationally and internationally on risk management, record keeping and compliance, ethics and jurisprudence, treatment planning, and other practice-related topics. 

AGD code - 159 

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion. 
Resolution of Conflict of Interest

The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content. Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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