PS 101: Fundamentals of Patient Safety
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of patient safety. You’ll learn the different types of errors, why errors occur, and how they can be prevented. You’ll understand effective and ineffective strategies for responding to errors when they do occur – especially with the goal of reducing, and ultimately eliminating, the chance that they’ll occur again. You’ll learn about the different kinds of error-reporting systems, and the effectiveness of each. Finally, you’ll learn about the difference between error and harm – and why reducing harm is the appropriate target of efforts to improve safety.

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Estimated Time of Completion: 1 hour
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Release Date: 6/1/2009
Last Update Date: 9/1/2009
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Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. List the main types of errors utilizing Reason’s classification system.
2. Explain effective and ineffective strategies for responding to errors when they do occur.
3. Discuss the value and limitations of voluntary reporting systems.
4. Analyze the similarities and differences between error and harm.
Contributors
Author(s):
Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA, Faculty, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Editor(s):
Kathleen Vega, BA, Freelance Writer, Kathleen B. Vega, Inc View Profile
Reviewer(s):
Lucian Leape, MD, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health View Profile
Continuing Education
Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality 1.00 Credit hours
General Attendance 1.00 Credit hours
International General 1.00 Credit hours
Nursing Contact Hours 1.00 Credit hours
Pharmacist CPE 1.00 Credit hours UPN# 0822-0000-13-098-H05-P
US Physician CME 1.00 Credit hours

In support of improving patient care, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for CPHQ CE credit.
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this course.
You must complete all the lessons within this course and achieve a minimum score of 75% in order to receive credit for the course.