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First, We Must Do No Harm: Medical/Clinical Errors and Patient/Client Saftey

First, We Must Do No Harm: Medical/Clinical Errors and Patient/Client Saftey

First, We Must Do No Harm: Medical/Clinical Errors and Patient/Client Saftey

Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist
Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist
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Launch date: 25 Sep 2017
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Last updated: 23 Apr 2018

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ANNE DIODATI (27 Feb 2018)
Very informative article!

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""Patient Safety" – health care professionals cannot afford to underestimate the importance of those two words in the content of delivery of services. From safe school initiatives to national patient safety goals and recommendations, safety is a priority that will continue into 2004 and beyond. The public is being urged to take accountability regarding the health care they receive and to speak up if they are not satisfied or have questions. Information to become better educated about their health care is being provided to them from organizations that oversee the care that providers and agencies offer. This is a good thing. The implications are that as healthcare professionals we need to hone our communication skills not only with patients/clients but also with other members providing services to our clients.

The issue of medical/clinical errors and patient safety has received a great deal of attention since November 1999 when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released their report, ""To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Health System"". The report suggested that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as the result of medical errors and that many errors likely occur outside the hospital in settings such as physicians’ offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and home care. Medical errors cost the Nation approximately 37.6 billion dollars each year. About $17 billion are believed to be associated with preventable errors. The American public (51% according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study) was attentive to the IOM report on medical errors. In another study regarding a recent investigation of pharmacists, the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Pharmacy estimated that 2.4 million prescriptions were filled improperly each year in that state alone.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Explain what medical errors constitute and how they impact the Nation and the public’s perception of healthcare.

2. Discuss the aspects of the ""speak-up"" program that has been developed and promoted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

4. Describe the National Patient Safety Goals that institutions need to implement and follow.
Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist

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Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist
on behalf of e-Ed Credits

Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist, has been a Registered Nurse for over 18 years. She has extended her education into forensic nursing, criminal profiling, and psychopathy receiving a Certificate as a Forensic Nurse Specialist. She has over 16 years experience in public health and home care nursing.

Colleen has been an author of educational material for St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida. She has also lectured on a variety of topics at numerous nursing symposiums and conferences across the country. She is on the Editorial Board for "Home Health Aide Digest" and "Private Duty Homecare" publications.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 1.00 Hours

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ANNE DIODATI (27 Feb 2018)
Very informative article!

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