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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Joy Parchment, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Christa Carpenter, RN, Esq
Item#: I6395
Contents: 1 Course Book (76 pages)
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Protecting Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors, 2nd Edition

Price $24.95
Item # I6395
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 27, 2017

Expiration Date: February 27, 2020

The purpose of this basic-level course is to provide licensed practitioners with information concerning the current state of medical errors, the impact of medical errors on the safety of patients, and the importance of establishing and working in a culture of safety. Contributing causes and types of medical errors are reviewed. Strategies to reduce or prevent medical errors and improve patient outcomes are presented. Methods to identify, analyze, and report medical errors are reviewed, populations at risk for medical errors are identified, and patient safety initiatives including education for the public and healthcare professionals are explored.

This course provides information to occupational therapist and occupational therapist assistants that can be readily applied to their practice, no matter what the setting, with the ultimate goal of providing safer care to all patients. Healthcare providers will demonstrate knowledge of medical errors and populations at risk, the impact on patient care outcomes, and the resources and initiatives available to promote a culture of safety as an integral part of healthcare delivery. 


AOTA Content Focus - Professional Issues: Supervision; Contemporary Issues & Trends 

0.2 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course. 


Florida OTs & OTAs: Fulfills your entire Medical Error CE requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss medical errors, the impact of errors on patient safety, the components of medical errors, and the significance of a safety culture.
  • Recognize contributing causes of medical errors, common types of errors, and strategies to reduce errors and improve the outcomes of patients.
  • Differentiate between methods for identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical errors.
  • Identify high-risk populations with increased vulnerability for medical errors.
  • Discuss patient safety initiatives and the benefits of patient safety education for the public and for healthcare professionals.

Joy Parchment, PhD, RN, NE-BC, is an executive nurse leader who is passionate about mentoring new nurse leaders. Dr. Parchment earned a master of science degree in nursing from Anna Maria College and a doctor of philosophy degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida, is boardcertified as a nurse executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and holds a patient safety executive development program certificate from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations and international associations and is the current president of the Central Florida Organization of Nurse Executives. Her research interests include nursing workforce trends, workplace bullying, and the work environment of nurse leaders. She is a national conference presenter and is the recipient of several small research grants for her work in the field of workplace bullying. Using her expertise drawn from nursing administration, academia, and ambulatory care, Dr. Parchment guides interprofessional teams to successfully implement quality and safety improvement initiatives.


Christa Carpenter, RN, Esq., is a registered nurse and healthcare attorney. She practices healthcare law in Florida with a particular emphasis and specialty in patient safety issues.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.