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Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors

Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
CME Certificate Fee: $25.00 per credit (hour)
2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Estimated time to complete this activity: 2.00 hours
Author(s): Leslie Hall, MD
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: All author(s), contributor(s), editor(s), and CME Office Reviewer(s) state that they do not have any financial arrangements with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest.
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Meets Special CME Requirements in: Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas     Learn More >>

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize the important elements of a well-conducted consent process for medical procedures and treatments.
  • Apply best practice in carrying out The Joint Commission Universal Protocol for the prevention of wrong site, wrong procedure and wrong person surgery.
  • Provide effective, ethical care by maintaining sensitivity to cultural beliefs and preferences.
  • Identify clinical situations in which use of a rapid response team might improve patient outcomes.
  • Participate in the development of robust systems for gathering and reporting critical patient information to reduce patient risk.

Learning Format: Case-based, interactive online course, including mandatory assessment questions (number of questions varies by course or module). Please also read the Technical Requirements.

CME Sponsor: University of Missouri-Columbia
Credit Designation and Accreditation Statements >>
Current Approval Period: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015
Original Release Date: July 15, 2010
Most Recent Review by Author: July 1, 2012
Most Recent Review by CME Sponsor: July 1, 2012
Financial Support Received: None
Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Current Approval Period: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015
Financial Support Received: None

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course was initially released on The VLH on 07-15-10. The current term of approval is from 07-01-12 through 06-30-15.

Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
About the Author and Past Editor

Leslie W. Hall, MD, FACP is the Executive Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC, and the CEO of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group (effective February, 2015).

From 1999 – 2014, he served as a faculty member at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine. During his time on faculty at University of Missouri, he served in a number of roles including Director of the University of Missouri Health Care Office of Clinical Effectiveness (2002-2008), Chief Medical Officer for University of Missouri Health Care and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (2008-2012), and Interim Dean of the School of Medicine (2012-2014).

Dr. Hall has developed several curricular offerings in the areas of quality improvement, patient safety and teamwork in health care. From 2005 to 2008, he served as one of two national physician advisors for Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (a Robert Wood Johnson Initiative). His research interests include analysis of the effectiveness of strategies to improve patient safety within hospitals and investigation of outcomes of quality improvement and patient safety education. Dr. Hall's clinical work is as an internal medicine hospitalist.

Disclosure: Dr. Hall states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

Past Editor
John Harris Jr., MD, MBA is past Executive Director of the Office of CME at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Harris has served as the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded studies of online CME, and he is the author of a number of professional papers dealing with online CME.
Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
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User Comments
by Hidden | Jun 28, 2015
As a medical resident, 30 years ago, I had a patient die from cardiac tamponade after I had read the radiology resident's reading. The radiology attending had changed the reading to indicate presence of a pericardial effusion and restrictive disease but no effort was made to notify me or my attending.
by Hidden | Jun 20, 2015
OK; limited scope
by David Herr | Mar 31, 2015
this was an excellent presentation of realistic ethical scenarios that I found enlightening
by Hidden | Feb 22, 2015
by Michael Alazard | Jan 24, 2015
Good variety of cases
by HUGO ESPINOSA | Jan 19, 2015
Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
This course meets general AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)TM requirements in states that have a CME requirement.

Based on information from state licensing authorities, this program meets special CME requirements in these states:

Connecticut Risk Management
Florida Medical Errors Prevention
This course addresses the five most misdiagnosed conditions during the previous biennium, as well as root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety, as required by the Florida Board of Medicine.
Massachusetts Risk Management
Nevada Ethics
Pennsylvania Risk Management / Patient Safety
Rhode Island Other Regulatory Requirements
Texas Medical Ethics / Professional Responsibility (all physicians)

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Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
Technical Requirements

This web-based activity is offered online and requires an always-on connection to the Internet (the activity cannot be downloaded). The activity works on PC or Mac computers and most tablet computers. The activity should work with the newer versions of major Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. JavaScript should be enabled in all browsers, and Popups and first party cookies need to be accepted from You should also have the latest, free Adobe Reader installed for reading documents.

For additional information, read the Technical Assistance FAQ.

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