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Course Description

Course Number 20-699033

     This conversational, frequently asked questions style course developed for respiratory therapists provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the prevention of medical errors. Topics include: medication errors (including missed treatments), documentation errors, equipment errors, communication errors, patient errors, factors which impact occurrence, processes which reduce occurrence and improved outcomes, special populations, education and reporting requirements. This course satisfies Florida Board of Respiratory Care course requirements under 64B32-6.006, F.A.C., and s. 456.033, Fla. Stat.

Florida Required Course | Prevention of Medical Errors for Respiratory Therapists satisfies the 2-contact-hour requirement under 64B32-6.006 F.A.C. and Section 456.033, F.S. 

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  • Course Category | Safety

  • Original Activity Release Date | 4/28/2020

  • Date of Most Recent Review | 4/28/2020

  • Next Review / Course Termination Date | 4/27/2023

Educational Goals & Learning Outcomes

     The goal of this course is to discuss up-to-date information on the prevention of medical errors, with a focus on respiratory therapy. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate factors that impact the occurrence of medical errors

  • Recognize error prone situations

  • Manage conditions associated with medical errors

  • Categorize types and causes of respiratory therapy medical errors

  • Compare strategies and processes to reduce medical errors

  • Employ processes to improve patient outcomes

  • Interpret responsibilities for reporting

  • Evaluate safety needs of special populations

  • Support public education to improve patient safety

About the Course Author(s)

Darren C. Leach, MSN, APRN, NP-C

     Darren C. Leach is a nurse practitioner and author. He is licensed as an APRN by the State of Florida and Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. His professional experience ranges across the lifespan from infants to the elderly with positions in adult internal and emergency care, pediatric internal and emergency care, pediatric and neonatal intensive care as well as endocrinology and nephrology. He has also provided education to nurses, patients, and families in a variety of formats and settings. He received his Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2005, and his Masters of Science degree in Family Health Nursing in 2010. Mr. Leach has authored numerous courses, including many for MedCEC. To view Mr. Leach's full bio click here.