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Medical Errors and Occupational Therapy Practice: How to Avoid Errors and Improve Practice

Course: #4944Level: Intermediate2 Hours 421 Reviews

This course looks at practice errors in occupational therapy and how to prevent them. It reviews root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, patient safety, and contraindications and indications specific to occupational therapy management, including medication and side effects.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to recognize the purpose of root cause analysis and how it can prevent errors in occupational therapy.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify the potential for the occurrence of medical errors in occupational therapy practice and how to avoid them in the work environment to promote patient safety.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to recognize patient/client safety protocols to implement within the occupational therapy environment and interdisciplinary team, through processes that prevent errors.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list the factors that give rise to medical errors in occupational therapy practice and analyze the presence and impact of these factors in their work environment, including medications and their side effects.


0-5 Minutes Introduction - Introduction, Introduction to Errors and what causes them, Example of COVID-19 related errors
5-10 Minutes Intro to OT and risk analysis. What causes medical errors? Communication, parents, and adverse events in children
10-20 Minutes Main categories; Background on Medical Errors
20-30 Minutes Costs, Locations, and Problems with Medical Errors; IOM Report Recommendations
30-35 Minutes Definitions; Errors; Adverse Events
35-50 Minutes Older Adults and Medication Errors- Beers List; High-Risk Meds; Medication Errors in Children
50-60 Minutes Classic Adverse Events; Medicare and Medicaid Do-Not-Pay Lists
60-75 Minutes Preventing Medical Errors, Adverse Events, and Sentinel/Never Events in OT; Error Reduction; Coping Strategies
75-85 Minutes Worksite Responses; Studies of Perceptions of New Grads; Caregivers' Role
85-105 Minutes Root Cause Analysis: Definitions, How To, Tools, and Corrective Action
105-115 Minutes OT's Legal and Ethical Reporting Requirements; Medical Management and Maintenance -OT Role
115-120 Minutes Summary, Q & A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Barbara Kornblau received an honorarium for presenting these course materials. Non-financial: Barbara Kornblau has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by OccupationalTherapy.com.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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