ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

FL: Preventing Medical Errors

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

We recommend you check with your board before you take this course.

Florida PTs/PTAs please click here for your Florida Physical Therapy Association approved course.

Cindy Kibbe, BS (CLS)

Cindy Kibbe is an Arizona-based editor, writer, and business consultant with more than a decade of award-winning journalism experience. Her articles have appeared in Business Arizona, Business NH Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine, New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Magazine BRIDE, and the Nashua Telegraph. Kibbe also wrote and contributed to New Hampshire Public Radio and has made a guest appearance on New Hampshire Public Television. She served as assistant editor for New Hampshire Business Review for nearly ten years.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Kibbe had a long career in healthcare, including clinical practice as a registered medical technologist. She held positions in quality management and IT project management within the healthcare industry, where she wrote policies and procedures for national vendors that were used by clients across the country. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Arizona State University.

In her free time, Cindy volunteers at her church and at several local chambers of commerce.

JoAnn O'Toole, RN, BSN

JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN,is a registered nurse, writer, and researcher. While in college at San Jose State University and later at the University of Mexico in Mexico City, she carried a double major in Spanish and journalism and a minor in Latin.

She currently works in the Emergency Department at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, California, a certified stroke center and a sepsis center.

Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Susan Schmid earned BA degrees in History and European Studies from George Mason University, a Master's degree in Public History from Appalachian State University, and a PhD in History from Arizona State University.

In addition to her PhD she earned a Certificate in Scholarly Publishing from ASU. Susan has served as an editor for several scholarly presses. She worked as a desktop publishing specialist for Arizona State University and taught several courses for the History Department as well as "Introduction to Scholarly Publishing" and "Scholarly Editing" for the Scholarly Publishing Program.


  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 1
  • Expiration date: December 31, 2019
  • Course price: $19

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.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Introductory
  • Content Focus: Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs Instructional Level: Introductory Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client factors Category 3—Professional Issues

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Name several landmark pieces of legislation that have attempted to reduce medical errors.
  • 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.
  • Outline the seven main classifications of medical errors.
  • Identify factors and practices that increase the risk of committing a medical error.
  • Discuss populations that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of medical errors.
  • State several healthcare practices that will reduce medical errors and create a culture of patient safety.
  • State several measures the public can do to help reduce medical errors.
  • Explain the systems approach to medical errors and assess commonly used systems approaches shown to be effective.

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