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Preventing Medical Errors – 2 CE

Activity Overview

This course is designed to provide medical professionals in various roles with a clearer understanding of medical errors, the devastating effects that these errors can have on both patients and health care providers, and how to use root cause analysis to identify and prevent common medical errors.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define medical error
  2. Discuss the frequency of medical errors in the United States
  3. Identify the most common types of medical errors
  4. Discuss the proper reporting of medical errors
  5. Describe the role of root cause analysis in identifying and preventing medical errors
  6. Describe the unique safety needs of special patient populations
  7. Discuss public perceptions regarding medical errors
  8. Discuss steps that healthcare professionals should take after committing a medical error

Accreditation Statement

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

AchieveCE is also an accredited provider by the Florida Board of Nursing (Provider #50-20641) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP17265), and is an approved provider through reciprocity for the states of Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia. This course is approved by CE Broker, with CE Broker No. 20-591089.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support. None of the planners for this activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies.

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



2.0 Contact Hours


Medical Error

Target Audience

Advanced Practice RN
Audiologist Assistant
Licensed Practical Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Nutrition Counselor
Registered Nurse
Respiratory Therapist
Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Activity Type

Contains case-based material

Activity Number

Activity 40062


Dr. Patricia Dunn DNP, APRN, FNP-BC



Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

PLEASE NOTE. AchieveCE also is an approved provider of nursing CE from both the California Board of Nursing and the Florida Board of Nursing. For all other professions, this activity is only approved for Florida credit.

CE Broker Reporting

If you are licensed under a board supported by CE Broker, feel free to log into your CE Broker account to view your reported courses or to contact their support staff.

Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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