Protecting Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors, 2nd Edition

About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to provide pharmacists 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 pharmacists are explored. 

Learning  Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Discuss medical errors, the impact of errors on patient safety, the components of medical errors, and the significance of a safety culture.
  • Recognize contributing causes of medical errors, common types of errors, and strategies to reduce errors and improve the outcomes of patients.
  • Differentiate between methods for identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical errors.
  • Identify high-risk populations with increased vulnerability for medical errors.
  • Discuss patient safety initiatives and the benefits of patient safety education for the public and for healthcare professionals.
About the Author:
Joy Parchment, PhD, RN, NE-BC, is an executive nurse leader who is passionate about mentoring new nurse leaders. Dr. Parchment earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from Anna Maria College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida, is board-certified as a nurse executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and holds a patient safety executive development program certificate from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations and international associations and is the current president of the Central Florida Organization of Nurse Executives. Her research interests include nursing workforce trends, workplace bullying, and the work environment of nurse leaders. She is a national conference presenter and is the recipient of several small research grants for her work in the field of workplace bullying. Using her expertise drawn from nursing administration, academia, and ambulatory care, Dr. Parchment guides interprofessional teams to successfully implement quality and safety improvement initiatives.

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 75 percent is needed to obtain a credit.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
  • Through our review process, Elite ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).