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Prevention of Medical Errors in Physical Therapy for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants

Author: Patricia Rae Evans, PhD, PT

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Course Description
Price: $19.00

Patricia Evans Ph.D., a physical therapist and author of this prevention of medical errors course states at the beginning of her course.

“On my first day as a physical therapy student, the Dean of the School of Medicine welcomed us and said: “There is no margin for error in health care because we effect the quality and very existence of life every day. As practitioners, human error is not acceptable.” As a physical therapist that has been my goal every day. I still believe it should be our standard.”

Dr. Evans continues the course with case histories to help the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant recognize the major signs and symptoms requiring immediate action as well as the most common misdiagnoses and measures to protect the safety of patients. Contemporary information regarding the incidence of preventable medical errors, pharmacological components of physical therapy and root cause analysis for problem solving, error reduction and prevention are also presented.

Following this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. offer a definition of "medical error" as described by the Institute of Medicine
  2. give a synopsis of the types of sentinel events identified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) that physical therapists & physical therapist assistants typically encounter
  3. list the types of adverse incidents that must be reported to appropriate authorities in most legal jurisdictions
  4. identify the factors that must be included in a credible root cause analysis
  5. identify major signs and symptoms requiring immediate action by the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant
  6. identify the most common misdiagnoses and appropriate measures to protect the safety of patients
  7. present the common errors that occur in physical therapy and delineate system measures to reduce or eliminate these errors.
  8. list pharmacological components of physical therapy and patient management
  9. describe other interventions designed to prevent harm and to protect patient safety commonly utilized by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
Author
Patricia Rae Evans, PhD, PTDr. Evans received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Indiana University, a Master of Education Administration from The American University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University. Read more Read more about this author
Continuing Education Units - CEUs

This course meets the Florida Statute 456.013 requirement for two hours of continuing education in prevention of medical errors for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in Florida. CE Broker #50-14122

This course is approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association, course approval number ME120819140.

We report the course completions of Florida license holders to the Florida Department of Health via the CE Broker system.  In order to have your course completion reported, you must make sure that you include your license number when you register with the prefix in front and no spaces.

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CEUs are based on attainment of learning outcomes. Participants must complete the course, pass the assessment test with 80% accuracy and fill out the evaluation form in order to print their certificate on-line.

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Disclosures: The author receives a royalty from OnlineCEUs.com for writing this course.
The planner and author have identified no relevant financial relationship or relevant non-financial relationship with the subject matter being presented.



Online CEUs Course Prevention of Medical Errors in Physical Therapy for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants