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Preventing Medical Errors & Improving Patient Safety

Leo Christie, PhD

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Occupational Therapy CEUs

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Preventing Medical Errors & Improving Patient Safety is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that meets the medical error renewal requirement for Florida Occupational Therapists (OTs).

This 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. It satisfies the requirements of the Florida State Legislature mandating a two-hour course relating to the prevention of medical errors as part of the licensure and renewal process for health professionals. Included are descriptions and examples of medical errors in various healthcare professions. The course highlights the importance of critical thinking in assessment and planning and discusses health literacy, cultural competence, links between ethics and medical errors, centrality of evidence-based practice, distinguishing science from pseudoscience and improving communication skills. Also included are printable handouts with tips and strategies for error prevention, a glossary, and online resources.

Course #21-30 | 2019 | 35 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Distinguish between human error and system failure
2. Name at least six examples of medical errors from various health care arenas
3. Identify communication failures that can lead to medical errors
4. Describe the root cause analysis process of identifying and analyzing errors to prevent reoccurrence
5. List ten criteria for distinguishing between scientific and pseudoscientific treatment claims
6. Identify ten strategies healthcare professionals can use to prevent medical errors


Professional Development Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education (#3159). OT Content Focus - Domain of OT: Performance Skills; OT Process: Evaluation. This program is offered for 0.2 CEU's. The assignment of AOTA CEU's does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy, the Florida Board of OT Practice, and is CE Broker compliant (provider #50-1635, courses are reported within 1 week of completion). Participant successfully completed the required assessment component for this activity.

As part of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Approved Provider renewal process, AOTA is requesting that participants of this course complete a short online survey about your continuing education experience with our organization. Completing this survey will enter you into a quarterly drawing for a $100 voucher for AOTA publications or CE. To access the survey go to http://www.aota.org/appsurvey.

Thank you for your participation.



This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Leo Christie, PhD, LMFT, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Past President of the Florida Council on Family Relations, Dr. Christie is a past CEO of Professional Development Resources, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver continuing education credit courses to healthcare professionals throughout the United States. He has more than 20 years' experience in private practice with a specialty in child behavior disorders and as an instructor for over 500 live continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals.

: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.

: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. 

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