Preventing Surgical Errors: Patient Safety and Checklists


About the Course  

Episode 1: Unveiling the Checklist: Significance and Origins in Surgical Safety  

This episode explores the essential role of surgical checklists in improving patient safety throughout surgical procedures. Discusses the intricacies of perioperative nursing, underscoring the significance of checklists in three pivotal phases of patient care. Highlights critical elements of surgical checklists, including patient identification, anesthesia precautions, and fostering effective communication within the operating room team.

Episode 2: Ensuring Excellence: Quality Control and the Future of Surgical Safety

The episode explores the pivotal role played by surgical checklists in preventing errors and improving patient safety during surgical procedures. Real-world examples underscore how these checklists contribute to identifying discrepancies, initiating investigations, and fostering a cultural shift towards precise communication and standardized healthcare procedures. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the use of surgical checklists and their impact on reducing errors during surgical procedures.  
  • Identify cases where adherence to checklists prevented potential complications. 

About the Presenter

Vangie Dennis is the Assistant Vice President for Perioperative services located in Anderson County, SC. AnMed is a third designation Magnet Facility. Professional organizations include the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), American Association for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Laser Institute of America, AORN Specialty Assemblies, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. She is on the editorial board for the Journal for Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery, OR Today and Outpatient Surgery. Vangie has been published and cited in many books and publications. Vangie is on the Board of Directors for Laser Institute of America, the chair for the National Certification on Lasers, Board of Laser Safety: Board of Commissions, Board of Directors for AORN National, Past President of the NW AORN Chapter, Past Treasurer for the Georgia Council of Nurses, Board of Directors for Gwinnett Technical School and committee representative for the American National Standards Institute. She presently serves as the National Treasurer for AORN Board of Directors and served a term on the Board of Directors. She is a recipient named in Strathmore’s WHO’s WHO, the recipient of the 1996 Nursing Excellence Award from the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, awarded the 2011 R. James Rockwell Jr. Educational Achievement Award, and the 2011 AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Education. She is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Nurse of the Year for the Georgia March of Dimes and 2019 Manager of the year for OR Manager. Vangie was also awarded Perioperative nurse of the year for the Georgia Council of Perioperative Nurses and for the AORN Northwest Chapter. Vangie is a member of Emory Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is the President for National AORN.  

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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