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Reducing Medical Errors: State of Florida Mandatory Training

Reducing Medical Errors: State of Florida Mandatory Training

Reducing Medical Errors: State of Florida Mandatory Training

Jo DiBlasio, MS, RN
Jo DiBlasio, MS, RN
on behalf of Access Continuing Education Inc.

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$30.00 $ 30.00 $ 30.00

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Launch date: 09 Jun 2017
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Last updated: 28 Aug 2018

Reference: 184128

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The safety of the patients in our care and treatment is an important goal during all healthcare encounters. Early studies in the 1960s already pointed to healthcare related errors as a problem for healthcare consumers. However, it was the startling report in 1999, from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) To Err is Human, that served as a wake-up call for healthcare professionals, multiple public and private healthcare and healthcare-related organizations, state legislatures and the federal government. The IOM report, now 15 years old, estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths annually are a result of medical errors; more than half of the adverse medical events occurring each year are due to preventable medical errors, causing the death of tens of thousands. The cost associated with these errors in lost income, disability, and healthcare cost $29 billion annually back in 1999.

Since the above costs of medical errors come from the IOM report issued in 1999, in 2012 (Andel, et al, 2012) estimated that approximately 200,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors including facility-acquired conditions and millions may experience errors. Currently, it is estimated that the cost of medical errors is $735 billion to $980 billion. This is due to direct costs, ancillary services, increased mortality rates, lost productivity from missed work and disability claims.

In a study on hospital pneumonia rates and sepsis rates (Eber, et. al , 2010), researchers looked at data from 59 million discharges, covering 40 of the 50 US states between 1998 and 2006. Patients who developed sepsis after surgery had to stay in the hospital on average nearly 11 days extra, at a cost of $32,900 per patient; just under 20% of these patients died. Pneumonia patients stayed in the hospital an extra 14 days after surgery, at a cost of $46,400, and more than 11% of those patients died.

Clearly the problem of medical errors in healthcare requires diligent attention and intervention. Unfortunately, “medical errors” is a complex set of biological, technological, professional, consumer, interpersonal, etc. factors that interact and influence each other to undermine patient safety.


On completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Discuss the extent of the problem of medical errors in healthcare.
2. Discuss a Culture of Safety and contrast it with a culture of blame.
3. Identify patient safety organizations working on the issue of prevention of medical errors and promotion of patient safety.
4. Describe 10 priority high risk situations in which patient safety can be compromised.
5. Identify 5 patient safety interventions that have been effective in promoting safety and reducing errors.
6. Identify current Safety goals in 2016.
Jo DiBlasio, MS, RN

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Jo DiBlasio, MS, RN
on behalf of Access Continuing Education Inc.

Ms. DiBlasio has spent much of her career as a nurse educator and administrator. As a former Director of Quality Assurance for the New York State Office of Mental Health, her focus was on the quality and safety of the care and treatment of patients within the agency, as well as on regulatory and legal requirements.
Ms. DiBlasio received both a baccalaureate degree in Nursing, as well as her Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Hours -
    Exam Pass Rate: 70
    Reference: 40-0021-0082

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