Medical Errors and Patient Safety Research Reports One: This medical errors study will cover definitions, root cause analysis, error reduction, error prevention, patient safety and research analysis of identified areas of concern for patient safety. This course meets the requirements in medical errors for Florida Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors, Nurses, and other allied health fields.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024

Description:  The purpose of collecting information on errors in mental health practice is to identify areas where additional information and protocols can improve patient safety. The first chapter of this medical errors course includes information about root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.  Adverse events/potential harms, types of errors, patient safety, and best practices/efficacy are discussed in the analyses.  Three brief reports address improvements and safety, in mental health practice (i.e. best practices).
Hour One
1.  Participants will be able to describe the 5 W’s of medical errors in mental health.
2.  Participants will be able to identify various stakeholders of root cause determinations.
3.  Participants will be able to list the most common root causes of medical errors in mental health.
Hour Two
4.  Participants will be able to describe practice error reduction and prevention.
5.  Participants will be able to discuss seven patient safety recommendations.
6.  Participants will be able to identify three specific best practices to reduce practice missteps.
Hour One:  The scope of the problem, Root cause analysis.
Hour Two:  Error reduction and prevention, Patient safety, Research reports.

CE Broker #: 20-211250

CE Credits:  2 (NBCC Hours - 2)

Methods:  Pre-Test, Study Guide, Posttest, Evaluation, Q&A by Email

Content Area:  Medical Errors, Ethics, Risk management, Practice Readiness, Legal and Regulatory

Purpose:  Mental health practitioners will be better equipped to reduce practice error, participate in problem assessment, corrective action planning, and enhance patient safety.

Target Audience:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals who may work with these populations.

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Online Course

CE Broker#:
CE Credits:
2 (NBCC Hours - 2)

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