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Module: Preventing Medical Errors in Radiology - 2nd Edition

Module Description: Medical errors have been determined to be a major problem in our health care system. In the first report from the Institute of Medicine, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (2000), it was stated that as many as 98,000 patients hospitalized in this country die each year as a result of errors committed in their care. At this rate, deaths due to medical errors, exceeds the number of people who die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. Since this data was found to be alarming when published, it led to multiple changes in the way patient care was delivered in an effort to reduce this number. The report and the number 98,000 deaths remain as the report that truly caught the attention of many, both within and outside of the healthcare environment.

Thirteen years later, the 2013 Journal of Patient Safety reported that the number of hospitalized patient deaths related to “some preventable harm” (James, 2013) is actually between 210,000 and 440,000. This number of deaths was determined as the result of recent studies which indicated that serious adverse events occurred in at least 21 percent of 4,200 cases reviewed with lethal adverse events as “high as 1.4% of these cases (2013).

This program will teach readers the steps that should be taken to create and maintain a safe environment when caring for patients in radiology.

* Provide examples of staff involvement in the commission of medical errors that occur in a Radiology Department.
* Discuss three to seven factors that contribute to the commission of medical errors in a healthcare facility.
* Identify steps that should be taken to create and maintain a safe environment in which to provide care to patients.
* Describe steps that can be taken to provide control over the introduction of process changes, in-services and announcements.
* Define the effect of opting-out and the steps that can be taken to eliminate this practice.
* Discuss the importance and requirements surrounding the practice of providing information each time the care of a patient is transferred from one provider to another.
* List practices that support the safe administration of medications, including the five rights of medication administration.

Author: Joann Wilcox
About the author:

Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC is a Legal Nurse Consultant, author and Healthcare Educator who has held positions of Vice-President of Patient Care Services, Clinical Risk Manager, Patient Safety Officer, Patient Privacy Officer and Joint Commission Survey Coordinator in various acute care organizations.  In addition to consulting, she is currently a faculty member at the University of Phoenix-Online.


Ms. Wilcox is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Executives as well as a member of several organizations focused on improvement of patient safety in our healthcare systems. She has authored books and provided multiple educational seminars at sites across the United States on issues related to Patient Safety, the Reduction of Medical Errors, Preparing for a Joint Commission Survey and Implementation of the HIPAA Privacy Regulations.

Creative Training Solutions has been in business for over 15 years providing, continuing medical education programs onsite, trainers for medical educational conferences, consulting services to hospitals, and self study continuing education programs for immediate CE credits. We offer a wide range of healthcare training programs to enhance patient care and improve organizational productivity. Our professional consulting and training staff have an average of 20+ years of provider-based experience and proven success in resolving organizational, administrative, management, and strategic planning challenges for all types of healthcare facilities. CTS staff have proven track records in preparing organizations for Joint Commission Survey, improving patient care, reducing medical errors, implementing risk management systems to improve patient outcomes, and developing management teams that significantly improve organizational effectiveness.


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