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Florida: Preventing Medical Errors

For most healthcare professionals in Florida, including nurses and OTs, this course meets the two-unit requirement on prevention and reporting of medical errors for initial licensure or biennial renewal.

If you are unsure, please call us or check with your board before taking this course.


Florida: Preventing Medical Errors Course Introduction (image)


   JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN
   Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Contact hours: 2
Expiration date: December 1, 2024
Course price: $19
Target Audience: FL Medical Professionals
Education Level: Introductory 

Course Summary

Outlines seven types of medical errors and the Florida laws related to them. Describes factors that increase the risk of committing a medical error and populations that are especially vulnerable to such errors. Presents five commonly used approaches that have been effective in reducing medical errors.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Name several landmark pieces of legislation that have attempted to reduce medical errors.
  2. Summarize Florida laws and requirements related to medical errors and describe the impact of the Patient Safety Quality and Improvement Act on healthcare practices in the United States.
  3. Outline the seven main classifications of medical errors.
  4. Identify factors and practices that increase the risk of committing a medical error.
  5. Discuss populations that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of medical errors.
  6. State several healthcare practices that will reduce medical errors and create a culture of patient safety.
  7. State several measures the public can do to help reduce medical errors.
  8. Explain the systems approach to medical errors and assess commonly used systems approaches shown to be effective.