The goal of this program is to discuss approaches to prevent medication errors that are both system-based and human performance-based, and The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals as they pertain to medication errors. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Explain the interdisciplinary nature of the medication error problem.
- Examine sources and types of medication errors.
- Relate theories and strategies to reduce the occurrence of medication errors.
- Define sentinel event, root cause analysis, and failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis.
- List the advantages of root cause analysis.
- Describe the impact of medication errors on healthcare providers.
Educational Gap: Health professionals are not able to identify and deal with medication errors.
This course was reviewed and approved by Laura Grooms, MD, representing the University of Louisville School of Medicine Continuing Health Sciences Education.