Mistakes Are Made: What Nurses Must Know About Medical Errors
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Define the scope of medical error and differeniate slips& lapses from mistakes.
- Describe basic system theory, “chisel theory” and practice responsibility.
- Elucidate the importance of examining errors and near misses, disclosure of error and of developing supportive systems and cultures.
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Most medical errors are the results of flaws in systems versus the failure of an individual yet many nurses remain fearful of punishment for reporting errors and unintentional slips. In addition, nurses consistently underreport near misses that could provide valuable information about the flaws in current systems. Two detailed case studies and multiple anecdotes will give life to concepts discussed. Participants will have new insight into the scope and the cause of medical errors and feel empowered to become involved in processes to reduce error and protect our patients.
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