Preventing Medical Errors for Healthcare Professionals


About the Course
 The purpose of this course is to provide licensed practitioners with information concerning the current state of medical errors, the impact of medical errors on the safety of patients, and the importance of establishing and working in a culture of safety. Contributing causes and types of medical errors are reviewed. Strategies to reduce or prevent medical errors, and improve patient outcomes, are presented. Methods to identify, analyze, and report medical errors are reviewed, populations at risk for medical errors are identified, and patient safety initiatives including education for the public and healthcare professionals are explored.    

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Define common terminology inclusive in medical errors.  
  • Recognize factors that impact the occurrence of medical errors.  
  • Identify error-prone scenarios in healthcare settings.  
  • Recall processes to analyze, prevent, and/or reduce medical errors.  
  • Recognize safety needs of special patient populations.  

About the Author/Presenter
Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CLA, FNAP is currently a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University, where she has been a core faculty member for over 13 years. Dr. DeIuliis attended Duquesne University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004. In December 2009, she completed a post-professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She continues to practice clinically on a per-diem basis within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Dr. DeIuliis has had various leadership roles within academia and the occupational therapy profession, such as serving on the Board of Directors within the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and volunteering within the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She has published four books and several peer-reviewed publications and has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to experiential learning pedagogies, professionalism and ethics, interprofessional education, and teaching methodologies.? 

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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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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