Course: Patient Safety and Medical Errors

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Patient Safety and Medical Errors

Course

Instructors:

Albert Wu, Laura Morlock, and Peter Pronovost

Originally Offered :

Spring 2010

Offered By:

Department of Health Policy and Management

Course Number:

309.730.81



Description:

Provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explains the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice. Emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.