Medical Errors and Patient Safety, Information, 10-15-2011

  • Continuing Medical Education Activity Enduring Material

  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • CME Activity: Medical Error Prevention and Patient Safety
  • Activity Faculty: Tracy Sanson, MD, FACEP
  • Original Activity Date: January 15, 2011
  • Content most recently reviewed and revised: December 15, 2011
  • Content Expires: December 31, 2012
  • Estimated Time to complete this educational activity: Two hours

CME Purpose/Objectives:
  • In 2001 the Florida Legislature passed a law mandating that all licensed health professionals complete a 2-hour course on the topic of prevention of medical errors. Several years previous to this decision, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a document entitled To Err is Human: Building a Safer health system. The authors reviewed the prevalence of medical errors in the United States which revealed that somewhere between 44,000 and, quite possibly, upwards of 90,000 deaths attributed to medical errors occurred annually in hospitals. A 2004 HealthGrades report stated that annual deaths attributable to medical errors may be as high as 195,000. This number compared to other sauces of death in 2001 is exceeded only by heart disease (700,142) and cancer (553,768). A 2010 study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that one is seven Medicare recipients is harmed by hospital acquired infections, poorly administered medication and faulty bedside care during in-hospital medical care, in total accountable for an estimated 180,000 patients deaths annually. This sends an important message to healthcare professionals to accept the responsibility to understand the increasingly broad definition of medical errors, their root causes, and to assist in building systems designed to reduce the incidence of medical errors, i.e. adverse events.
  • Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:
  • 1. | Discuss root cause analysis
  • 2. | Discuss error reduction
  • 3. | Discuss error prevention
  • 4. | Identify the factors that impact the occurrence of medical errors
  • 5. | Recognize error-prone situations
  • 6. | Review the five most mis-diagnosed conditions: cancer, cardiac, acute abdomen, timely diagnosis of surgical complications, failing to identify pregnancy or stage of pregnancy before beginning treatment or surgery
  • 7. | Discuss practical solutions to improve patient outcomes
  • 8. | Discuss what public education is needed

It is the policy of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System that CME speakers/authors and content planners disclose pertinent relationships to commercial entities which manufacture products/devices that may be mentioned during CME activity presentations

  • Tracy Sanson, MD, FACEP
  • Has no relevant relationships to disclose

CME Designation Statement:
Sarasota Memorial Hospital designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit tm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Fee:
You must register for the Program through Terri Levanti, CME Specialist in Medical Staff Services. An annual fee of $50 is required in order to receive CME; this fee includes all enduring material and live activities available through SMHCS’s CME program annually. Cash and checks can be accepted; checks should be made out to the Sarasota Medical Foundation. Terri can be reached at 941-917-5959 or via email at

Instructions for Claiming CME Credit:

  • 1. | View and/or listen to the activity presentation.
  • 2. | Complete evaluation.
  • 3. | Answer all test and evaluation questions; participants must correctly answer at least 70% of the test questions to receive credit.
  • A certificate of credit will be emailed to you at the email address you provided.
  • No grading or issuing of CME is done until the CME fee is received by the CME Specialist.

Bibliographic sources to allow for further study:
See attached pdf document

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