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Course description: 

The focus on patient safety in the healthcare system has been growing in intensity as consumers are becoming more aware of the risks of being the victim of a medical error while receiving care. The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG), developed and published by The Joint Commission (TJC), were developed in response to the recognition of the number of medical errors that were leading to adverse consequences to many patients on an annual basis.

The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050 for 3.5 Contact Hours.

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider No. 50-11991) for 2.5 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-306371

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 3.5 Contact Hours.



Course objectives: 

 Following completion of this self-study module, the reader should be able to:

  • Discuss significant milestones leading to the development of the National Patient Safety Goals
  • Describe the functions of the Patient Safety Advisory Group at The Joint Commission
  • Define the basic interventions for the individual 2010 and 2011 National Patient Safety Goals
  • Identify the major actions that need to be taken to prevent healthcare-associated infections
  • Discuss the major points defined in the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005
  • Identify programs that can be implemented in hospitals to support the provision of safe care
  • Discuss the cost of implementing programs which support patient safety
  • List the Top Ten Sentinel Events and Top Ten most costly medical errors
Course details

Delivery method: 

  • eLearning


  • English

Course author(s): 

Jacalyn Firestone

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