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Behavioral health organizations share many of the same vulnerabilities as medical organizations when it comes to patient safety. However, certain sentinel events are more likely to occur in behavioral health organizations. Suicide, both for inpatients and recently discharged patients, is the most serious and common sentinel event for behavioral health clients, and improving the assessment of suicide risk remained one of The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care National Patient Safety Goals.
There is a clear need for education about client safety that is relevant to behavioral health settings and tailored to the practice needs of mental health professionals. The vast majority of professionals working in the behavioral health field receive no instruction on patient safety either through formal educational programs or in-service training, and this knowledge gap compromises the ability of these professionals to protect their patients from harm. It also prevents them from being active participants in creating a culture of safety.
This basic-level course focuses on five major components of the problem of medical error for the professional in a behavioral health setting: (1) the severity of the problem and the evolution of the patient safety movement; (2) human factors research and the importance of a culture of safety; (3) basic strategies to reduce harm, including safety briefings, root cause analysis, and full disclosure; (4) error-prone situations that are common in behavioral health settings; and (5) failure to detect medical conditions that have psychological symptoms. The course also describes the psychosocial needs of survivors of medical error and their families.
- Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice, 3 credits. Accreditations
- Florida Social Workers, Counselors & MFTs: Fulfills your entire Prevention of Medical Errors CE requirement.
- 3 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.
- Describe the evolution of the patient safety movement.
- Explain the human factors approach to client safety.
- Identify strategies to improve client safety, such as safety briefings, root cause analysis, and disclosure.
- Identify adverse events that are common in behavioral health settings.
- Describe psychosocial needs of victims of medical error and their families.
Joanne E. Turnbull, MSW, MA, PhD, earned her master’s degree in social work and a master of arts degree and PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan. In addition to practicing as a psychiatric social worker, Dr. Turnbull has taught at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and in the department of psychiatry at Duke University. She was head of the Division of Psychiatric Social Work at Duke University, and also held senior administrative positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical Center, and served as executive director of the National Patient Safety Foundation. She has written numerous articles related to mental health, women’s issues, and patient safety, and co-authored To Do No Harm, a book that provides strategies for reducing harm in healthcare settings and tells the stories of professionals who strive to provide safe care. Dr. Turnbull is executive director emerita of the National Patient Safety Foundation and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maine.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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