Preventing Medical Errors for Clinical Health Professionals

2.00 CME
2.00 CNE
120 MINS
$25 FEE
Family Medicine

Commercial Support: This activity is NOT supported by a commercial educational grant.

Target Audience: This activity is designed for clinical health professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurses and psychologists at all levels and settings in the healthcare industry.

Learning Objective: At the completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Recognize the magnitude and far reaching effects of medical error;
  • Categorize factors contributing to the occurrence of medical error;
  • Describe the healthcare professional’s role in identifying error prone situations;
  • Explain the importance of reporting medical error;
  • Specify at least two recommended practice modifications to promote safety and reduce the incidence of medical error;
  • Review the processes of root cause analysis and failure mode and effects analysis when analyzing error.

Needs Statement
The 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System brought prominence to the issue of medical error in the US. Since that time multiple activities at various levels of private and regulatory arenas have targeted identification and resolution of medical error. In 2016, researchers from Johns Hopkins University published findings from their study indicating that medical error can now be ranked as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Health professionals and health systems both need ongoing education in error reduction techniques in order to create and maintain an improved culture of safety. Some regulatory agencies require specific medical error education for licensure or re-licensure of health professionals.

Mary Kathleen Ebener PhD, RN

Dr. Ebener teaches courses in nursing, healthcare and statistical analysis. She is currently employed at ECPI University College of Nursing in Lake Mary, Florida. She holds a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University; her MSN is from Andrews University, MI; and her PhD. is from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

AKH, Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, respectfully acknowledges Peggyann Zaenger, BS, PharmD , Jonathan S. Holman, BS, PharmD, and Christine Redfield, BS, PharmD for their original contributions to the creation and review of this activity in 2011. Since that time, Dr. Ebener has been the sole faculty to review and update the content.

AKH Inc Staff/Reviewers:
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN

Dorothy Duffy, PharmD

Method of Participation
In order to receive credit, participants should read the entire monograph, complete and submit an evaluation and score at least 70% on the self-assessment test. AKH Inc. allows for one (1) re-test at no additional charge; additional re-tests must be purchased again at the full cost. Certificates will be available in the transcripts upon successful completion of the self-assessment test. If you have questions about this CME/CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

Accreditation Statements
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. AKH Inc. approves this knowledge-based activity for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs). UAN 0077-0000-17-029-H04-P; UAN 0077-0000-17-029-H04-T
Initial Release Date 04/25/2017

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 2.0 contact hours.

FL Nursing
AKH Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-2560. This activity is awarded 2.0 contact hours.

Professions not specifically listed should check with their licensing or certification boards regarding acceptable continuing education credit.

Faculty member reports the following relationship(s):
Mary Kathleen Ebener PhD, RN
Dr. Ebener discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Reviewer reports the following relationship(s):
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN
Lead Nurse Planner of AKH has nothing to disclose.

Dorothy Duffy, PharmD
Pharmacy Reviewer has nothing to disclose.

AKH Staff and Planners have nothing to disclose.

Disclosure Declaration
It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Products
This educational activity does not include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

AKH Inc.’s courses are designed solely to provide healthcare professionals with information to assist in their practice and professional development. The courses are researched thoroughly, utilizing current literature and including practical experiences. AKH’s courses are not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The courses serve as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, they cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH educational courses do not endorse commercial products. The author(s) and the publisher specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the courses. AKH further disclaims any responsibility for undetected errors, or from the reader’s misunderstanding of the course.

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