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Eliminating Medical Errors in Radiology
Faculty: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
CE Credit Hours: 3.0
Tuition: No Charge
16519

It is essential that all who work in healthcare, particularly those who provide care and services to hospitalized patients, become actively involved in the identification and reporting of errors and in the development of approaches and solutions to avoid the commission of medical errors. The magnitude and the impact of these medical errors make this a problem for everyone and not one that can be resolved by a committee or a variety of project teams. The responsibility rests with each and every person in the system.

Authors today are openly addressing the issue of accountability in the provision of care to patients and, “most doctors and hospital administrators agree that accountability is a good thing” (Makary, 2012 p. 193). Identifying and reporting of errors is an essential demonstration of accountability. It is also recognized that assuming this accountability and ramifications of identifying and reporting errors takes considerable time that many practitioners do not believe is available to them. Using technology to assist in these processes and depending on all members of the team to help each other achieve this level of accountability can make these behaviors a part of one’s daily practice and belief systems.

Following completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Provide examples of staff involvement in the commission of medical errors that occur in a Radiology Department.
  • Discuss three to seven factors that contribute to the commission of medical errors in a healthcare facility.
  • Identify steps that should be taken to create and maintain a safe environment in which to provide care to patients.
  • Describe steps that can be taken to provide control over the introduction of process changes, in-services and announcements.
  • Define the effect of opting-out and the steps that can be taken to eliminate this practice.
  • Discuss the importance and requirements surrounding the practice of providing information each time the care of a patient is transferred from one provider to another.
  • List practices that support the safe administration of medications, including the five rights of medication administration.

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MRI Safety
Faculty: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
CE Credit Hours: 3.5
Tuition: No Charge
16121

The focus of this booklet is to address the safety of patients and staff during the MRI procedure. This will be done by reviewing the efforts of the practitioners in the early 1900’s who worked to validate that healthcare could be standardized and to the efforts of practitioners today to significantly reduce the number of medical errors, some of which are the outcome of using equipment such as the MRI. This booklet is not a ‘User’s Manual’ describing what needs to be done for each step of the MRI. It is, instead, a manual that focuses on creating and maintaining a safe environment for patients undergoing an MRI and for staff who are participating in administering that procedure.

Following completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Detect the most prevalent errors that lead to serious accidents, including death.
  • Identify some of the most predominant errors that can and do occur during an MRI.
  • Pinpoint rules and regulations for MRI settings including the four specific zones in the MRI Suite.
  • Recognize the most common causes of injuries.
  • Determine the framework from which safety practices can be developed.
  • Pinpoint MRI rules, regulations and guidelines and give examples of what should be Included.
  • Identify established standards for safety.
  • Understand the principles of Crew Management and how it applies to healthcare.
  • Identify standards that guide the provision of healthcare.
  • Pinpoint the ethics and economics of Safe Care.
  • Provide examples of what should be Included in an MRI Policy/Procedure Manual (based on the information in the ACR Guidance Document on Safe MR Practices 2013).

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Providing Safe Patient Care by Preventing Healthcare Acquired Conditions and Serious Reportable Events:
Revised Edition
Faculty: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
CE Credit Hours: 4.0
Tuition: No Charge
17083

Many studies have demonstrated that one of the major causes of the increase in healthcare costs is related to unexpected treatment needed as the result of a medical error, a Serious Reportable Events, and/or a healthcare acquired condition.  While many insurers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, have stopped reimbursing hospitals for care and treatment needed following the commission of specifically defined medical errors, those costs still remain part of patient care delivery, leading to a reduction in funding available for other components of healthcare.

All who are involved in the delivery of patient care should be knowledgeable of, and fully implement infection-control programs, as well as any initiative put in place to avoid Never-Events/Serious Reportable Events, from occurring in the healthcare setting. The transformation needs to occur in the culture of the provision of healthcare to include a clear expectation of the individual responsibility of EACH person who is providing care.

This program will educate the healthcare provider on ways they can make a difference in the commitment of errors and reportable events during patient care.

Following completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Identify the major events in the history leading to the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 addressing costs of never-events to the healthcare system
  • Describe the basis for transformation of inpatient care as this relates to elimination of Serious Reportable Events
  • Discuss the needed cultural changes to successfully implement the transformation of inpatient care to the level of safety desired
  • Discuss critical aspects of infection control as they relate to the elimination of hospital-acquired infections
  • List the benefits of patient centered care as it relates to prevention of medical errors and Serious Reportable Events
  • Discuss the impact of identifying Serious Reportable Events and the potential for litigation if a Serious Reportable Events occurs
  • Discuss the accountability factor as it relates to Serious Reportable Events
  • Describe effective approaches to care delivery aimed at preventing Serious Reportable Event

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Quality Improvement in the MRI Suite
Faculty: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
CE Credit Hours: 3.0
Tuition: No Charge
16225

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Radiology is one of the specialties most likely to be the subject of claims of medical negligence.

There have been many serious injuries, including death, to individuals who inadvertently entered the MRI Suite and are injured by the force of the magnet on projectiles, etc.  Significant time must be spent providing education on MRI safety to those who will be practicing in that area or to those whose duties may take him/her into the MRI Suite.

“Quality is not a static goal but a progressively improving state, and Interventional Radiology is a rapidly moving, technology-driven subspecialty in which high-quality patient care should be the norm” (Steele. R. et al.).  These non-static functions make the study of quality in interventional radiology challenging and motivating as clinicians work to reach the point where this care is available at the highest quality level for those who need what this technology has to offer.

Following completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Describe medical errors, medical mistakes, and adverse events.
  • Discuss the basic elements of continuous quality improvement.
  • Discuss the value of peer review regarding safe/quality healthcare.
  • Discuss the value of peer review regarding continuous quality improvement.
  • Describe the value of Deming’s 14 rules for quality improvement.
  • Identify significant components of a departmental CQI plan.
  • Briefly describe the components of the basic ethics of healthcare as they relate to quality.

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Radiology and Radiation Safety in the Delivery of Patient Care
Faculty: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
CE Credit Hours: 3.0
Tuition: No Charge
16374

This course will describe the care and safety of the patient receiving non-interventional radiographic procedures and additional aspects of patient care being provided by the Radiology staff. Patient safety is defined as the prevention of harm and is a “fundamental right of all Americans” (Kizer & Blum, nd). Achieving this safe care is complex, and there are many obstacles in the way of accomplishing this level of care. It is recommended that all healthcare organizations make the safety of the patient a priority when delivering care and services to that patient. This priority can be introduced and implemented by the executive committee of the facility establishing patient safety programs with defined executive responsibility and with the creation of a culture of safety

Following completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Pinpoint steps that should be taken to create and maintain a safe environment in which to provide care to patients.
  • Name the components of a Patient Safety Program.
  • Identify the two major groups of patient’s rights.
  • Describe an example of an error’s classification system.
  • Define Sentinel Event and provide an example of one addressing radiology services.
  • Discuss alternatives to punishing people for making mistakes.
  • Describe a method using an everyday product to improve patient safety.

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