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This new online continuing education course addresses the impact of medical errors on today’s healthcare with a focus on root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety in the practice of nutrition and dietetics. Real life stories, ethical considerations, health literacy and growing health consumerism are addressed. Also included are tips for distinguishing scientific from pseudoscientific treatment claims and for improving communication with patients. Printable hand-outs, a glossary and online resources are provided. This course satisfies the requirements of the Florida State Legislature mandating a 2-hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors as part of the licensure and renewal process for health professionals. Course #20-10RD | 2011 | 31 pages | 15 posttest questions
1. List 3 potential medical errors in the practice of nutrition and dietetics
2. Describe the process of identifying and analyzing an error to prevent reoccurrence
3. Distinguish between an ethics code violation and a medical error
4. Identify 5 strategies you can use to prevent medical errors in your own practice
5. Name 10 strategies patients can use to improve their own safety in medical care
About the Author(s):
Susan Mitchell, PhD, RD, LD/N, FADA
, is co-author along with Dr. Christie of three books, Fat is Not Your Fate, I’d Kill for a Cookie, and Eat to Stay Young. She serves as the nutrition expert for ThirdAge.com. Dr. Mitchell is a contributing author to Macmillan Reference USA’s Guide to World Nutrition and Health and has been an expert witness in medical malpractice cases. A Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Mitchell earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and taught nutrition and health science at the University of Central Florida for over 8 years.
Catherine Christie, PhD, RD, LD/N, FADA, is co-author along with Dr. Mitchell of three books, Fat is Not Your Fate, I’d Kill for a Cookie, and Eat to Stay Young. A Licensed Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, she earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University. Dr. Christie is Nutrition Program Director and MSH/Dietetic Internship Director at the University of North Florida. In her 17 years of clinical practice, Dr. Christie consulted with many facilities and individuals in all areas of medical nutrition therapy. She has given over 1000 seminars to health professionals across the country.
Professional Development Resources
is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR
#PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida
Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (#50-1635).