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Medical Error Prevention and Safety for CNAs

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

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Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

During the course of a healthcare worker’s career, a medical error may be made or be discovered. There are some mistakes, medical errors, that can be serious and may cause irreversible harm to a patient and irreparable damage to a healthcare worker’s career. Events that lead to a medical error are many, but the end result always involves the patient suffering harm that could have been prevented. Preventable events are defined as those that should not have happened, and, more specifically, should indicate to healthcare workers that gaps in practice exist related to the appropriate levels of attention, communication, knowledge, and planning being followed.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Identifying A Medical Error
  • Common Medical Errors
  • Causes of Medical Errors
  • Preventing Medical Errors
  • When A Medical Error Happens

Learning Objectives

  • Identify medical errors and their causes.
  • Identify ways to prevent medical errors and improve the certified nursing assistant (CNA) judgment.
  • Identify the correct response when a medical error occurs.


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