Respiratory Therapy: Preventing Medical Errors and Promoting Patient Safety, 2nd Edition

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About Course #V7313

Release Date: June 18, 2018

Expiration Date: May 1, 2021

Respiratory therapists are responsible for the assessment and treatment of all cardiopulmonary patients. The purpose of this course is to present the concepts and issues related to patient safety and medical errors, as well as to explore the changes that are necessary for the development of a culture of safety. The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) assesses the respiratory therapist's knowledge of nationally recognized patient safety concepts as part of the credentialing exams. Upon completion of this course, the participants will demonstrate an increased level of knowledge surrounding patient safety and medical errors, providing applicable knowledge to the clinical setting.

Florida - Fulfills your medical error prevention requirement.

New Jersey - Fulfills your patient safety / medical errors requirement.

Pennsylvania - Fulfills your patient safety requirement.

Tennessee - Fulfills your patient safety requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Define medical errors.
  • List the causes of medical errors.
  • Give at least two examples of medical errors.
  • Describe the process for reducing the occurrence of medical errors.
  • List at least one method for preventing medical errors and/or promoting patient safety.

About the Author(s)

William Pruitt, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC, is a respiratory therapist with more than 30 years of experience. He has been director of clinical education in the University of South Alabama's Cardiorespiratory Sciences department for the past several years. Previously he was a senior instructor in the same department for 16 years. As an educator, Mr. Pruitt teaches about patient safety and the reduction of medical errors as part of all aspects of his courses. As a manager in respiratory therapy, he worked to improve safety and reduce errors. As an author, he has written several articles covering such topics as risk, error, outcome, and safety.

Course Disclosures

  • 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 this 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.

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