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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).

The perennial bad news about medical errors is that they continue to occur at relatively high levels. Retrospective studies have shown that 3–17% of patients in acute care hospitals experience one or more adverse events caused by hospital care, resulting in at least in a prolonged hospital stay. 400,000 people are affected by medical errors every year. But there is good news: a high proportion of errors are preventable.

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, the centrality of evidence-based practice, distinguishing science from pseudoscience, and improving communication skills. Also includes printable handouts with tips and strategies for error prevention, a glossary, and online resources.

Course #21-47 | 2021 | 39 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

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

AOTA Approved Provider

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course provider ID# 3159. This distance learning-independent course is offered at 0.2 CEUs, intermediate level, OT service delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs 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 Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners; the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635) (all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Participant successfully completed the required assessment component for this activity.


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (this PDF) and CE test. Successful completion involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you complete a brief course evaluation. You can print the test (download test from My Courses tab of your account) and mark your answers on it while reading this course document. Then submit online when ready to receive credit. Email any questions to admin@pdresources.org – we are here to help!

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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