Avoiding Medical Mistakes and Errors
In their groundbreaking report
To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,
published in 1999, the Institute of Medicine defined medical errors as the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. According to that same report by the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors. More recent studies found that rates for adverse events in hospitals may be much higher than previously measured. This course describes the most common causes of medical mistakes and strategies to improve health care delivery and decrease medical mistakes. Following the informational material a case study is used to help the learner see how medical errors can occur, and the best way to avoid them.
- Classify medical mistakes and identify which ones are most common.
- Describe some of the most common causes of medical mistakes.
- Restate the Institute of Medicine principles to improve health care delivery and decrease medical mistakes.
- Explain the magnitude of medical errors in the United States and their impact.
Matthew Mortensen, Content Contributor
Caroline Carregal, Director, MMS Continuing Education and Certification
Kathleen Bellisle, Manager of MMS Distance Learning
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $12.00
Non-MMS Member: $22.00
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60
March 15, 2017
March 15, 2018
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management credit.
A score of 70% or higher is required to receive
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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