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Ethics Program 2

Ethics Program 2
A National Emergency
"Patient Safety "
Chapters: 12
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Industry studies indicate that as many as 100,000 people a year are dying from medical mistakes. This program takes a compelling honest look at the growing problem of patient safety. There is general agreement that the healthcare industry is plagued by human error, system failures, lack of communication, and cover-ups. This program reveals how some hospital leaders are striving to change the culture and promote patient safety. Leading experts point out what is wrong and offer solutions to promote safer health care.

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Area Addressed:
Patient Safety

Program Experts

Categories Covered:
-Ethical Principles
-Decision-Making Process
-Professionalism
-Legal Precedents


Program 2 Chapter Coursework


Chapter 1: Medical Error and The Institute of Medicine Report, To Err is Human (1999)
Chapter 2: Breaking the Silence: Medical Error as a Leading Cause of Death and Injury
Chapter 3: Causes of Medical Error: Why Do Errors Occur?
Chapter 4: System Errors and Systems for Reporting Errors
Chapter 5: Root Cause Analysis to Identify Basic Causes of Medical Error
Chapter 6: Creating a Safety Net by Leadership that Promotes Patient Safety
Chapter 7: Overcoming a Culture of Secrecy: Performance Standards for Patient Safety
Chapter 8: Voluntary Error Reporting Systems: Safeguards against Legal Discovery
Chapter 9: Fears about Medical Error: The JCAHO Initiative for Patient Safety
Chapter 10: The Department of Veteran Affairs: National Patient Safety Goals
Chapter 11: Fostering a Patient Safety Culture: JCAHO´s "Shared Visions-New Pathways"
Chapter 12: The Need for Systemic Change to Enhance Patient Safety