• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

2 Contact Hours

Author(s): Nicholas Grimaudo, DMD, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Raymond K. Martin, DDS, MAGD
Item#: L0492
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)
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Protecting Patient Safety in the Dental Office: Preventing Medical/Dental Errors

Price $19.95
Item # L0492
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Release Date: November 10, 2014
Expiration Date: November 9, 2017

The field of patient safety is dynamic and exciting. Keeping patients safe requires a major interdisciplinary effort, in which professionals across all fields forge new types of relationships. It also requires that dental professionals reexamine the hierarchical structure of healthcare and embrace the idea of systems thinking.

Despite a concerted effort over the past decade, medical/dental error rates have not decreased. On the national and international fronts, several large innovative initiatives are being conducted by government and private stakeholders. Additionally, in private offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory clinics, and other dental settings, dental professionals are trying and evaluating new approaches. These approaches range from unit-level safety projects to major investments in safety technology. At the same time, the patient’s role in preventing medical/dental errors is expanding and earning new respect among healthcare providers.

This basic-level course discusses the current state of medical/dental errors and patient safety. Different types and causes of medical/dental errors and their legal and ethical implications are discussed, strategies to prevent or control medical/dental errors are presented, and methods of identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical/dental errors, including the use of root cause analysis, are highlighted. Vulnerable populations and patient safety initiatives are identified. The course is intended for all dental professionals, including general dentists and dental specialists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. This course is not designed to give legal advice. Rather, its purpose is to provide dental professionals with information on current issues in medical/dental errors and patient safety.

AGD Subject Code: 159

Florida - Fulfills your medical errors requirement.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
Course Objectives
  • Discuss the scope, background, and language of medical/dental errors.
  • List the error-reducing strategies for common types of medical/dental errors.
  • Discuss the possible legal and ethical implications of medical/dental errors.
  • Describe the processes for identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical/dental errors in a culture of safety, including the use of root cause analysis.
  • Identify populations with increased vulnerability to medical/dental errors.
  • Discuss patient safety education and patient safety initiatives.
Nicholas Grimaudo, DMD, PhD, graduated in 1976 from Adelphi University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his DMD in 1980 from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. Dr Grimaudo spent 15 years in private practice before returning to academia. He received a master’s degree in material sciences and engineering in 1992 and a master’s degree in oral microbiology in 1995, both from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr Grimaudo has taught at the University of Florida College of Dentistry since 1989 and became a tenured faculty member in 1999. He has served the University of Florida as director of quality assurance for its dental clinics, director for advanced techniques with esthetic restorations, and director of infection control in dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Grimaudo completed a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy at the University of Florida College of Education. In addition to teaching and developing coursework on treatment planning and clinical dentistry, Dr. Grimaudo teaches continuing education courses for healthcare professionals on professional ethics. He is the owner of OSHA Compliance Training Associates and consults with medical and dental offices on OSHA and HIPAA issues. He has lectured nationally and internationally on risk management, record keeping and compliance, ethics and jurisprudence, treatment planning, and other practice-related topics.
Raymond K. Martin, DDS, MAGD, graduated in 1979 from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned his DDS in 1983 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then went on to study at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the General Practice Residency Program. Dr. Martin began his work in dental risk management after being awarded a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. He consults with 15 legal firms as an expert witness and lectures extensively on the dental risk management topic. Dr. Martin has maintained a private practice for more than three decades and currently serves nationally as the Region 1 Trustee for the Academy of General Dentistry and as a member of the Council on Government Affairs for the American Dental Association.
  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.