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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
Lead Author(s): Leslie Hall, MD
The author(s)/contributor(s) state that they do not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.
Detailed Information >>
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 Editor

Leslie W. Hall, MD, FACP is an Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Since 2008, he has served as the Chief Medical Officer for University of Missouri Health Care and as the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the MU School of Medicine. He previously directed University of Missouri Health Care's Office of Clinical Effectiveness. He has led numerous quality improvement teams, and serves as the Director of the Program for Clinical Quality Improvement in the Center for Health Care Quality.

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.

John Harris Jr., MD, MBA is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine of the University of Arizona. He is the President of Medical Directions, Inc. Dr. Harris has served as the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded studies of online CME. He is the Senior Editor of The Virtual Lecture Hall's online CME programs and the author of a number of professional papers dealing with online CME.

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

Using Systematic Procedures to Prevent Medical Errors
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User Comments
by Hidden | Jan 27, 2014
I found this course well conceived and interesting. I was not expecting to actually enjoy the program but I did!
by Hidden | Jan 16, 2014
Excellent format, engaging, interesting, clinically germane. I actually enjoyed it, including the CME exercises on Preventing Domestic Violence I did yesterday. Thank you, and keep up the good work in this important endeavor.
by Paul Graham | Jan 11, 2014
Excellent course. Easy to follow.
by Luis Morales | Jan 11, 2014
Very Usefull
by Luis Vazquez-Alvarado | Nov 29, 2013
Well documented, easy to read and fast to get needed credits.
by Stephen Higgins | Nov 16, 2013
This was perhaps the best online "medical errors" course I have ever taken. Well laid out. Tons of links to source articles. Easy to follow and effective in highlighting the main issues in the medical errors arena. Thanks!
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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