Intervention Strategies for Reducing Medical Errors


Patients enter healthcare systems with an expectation of receiving care that will help and not harm them. Yet, present studies show evidence of large numbers of patients receiving injury, often unintentional but preventable, during the administration of healthcare. Many of these deaths were from errors that could have been prevented.

Previous correctional emphasis has been on placing blame on the person who committed the error, with the intention that the person could learn from his/her mistake. Current correctional emphasis is on establishing the root cause of the error and correcting system failures to avoid future occurrences.

Ongoing monitoring of corrective measures must be established. All levels of national healthcare, both inpatient and ambulatory, are committed to decreasing medical errors while restoring the public’s confidence in the healthcare industry. To achieve this goal, facilities must change from a focus on fault-finding to one of system correction within a non-punitive atmosphere. Emphasis must be on improving and implementing processes within systems to prevent and reduce future medical errors.

Completion of this beginner medical errors reduction course (mandated by Florida Statute 456.013) provides the student with the ability to implement root cause analysis for problem solving to determine effective prevention strategies for decreasing medical errors and increasing patient safety in the healthcare system.

Teaching Methods include Instructor lecture via text-based content, live Internet links, references, bibliography, glossary, discussion board, email to instructor, and problem solving scenarios.

COURSE GOAL: To direct healthcare professionals to concentrate more accurately on preventing medical errors by addressing system structure during the provision of patient care.


Following completion of this interactive course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Identify medical system factors impacting patient safety in the delivery of healthcare
  • Complete root cause analysis for problem solving
  • Correlate medical documentation and communication skills for medical error reduction
  • Implement pharmacological protocols to improve patient safety
  • Identify the potential safety concerns with contraindications and indications with and during therapy interventions
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