Medical Errors: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure

Course: #3401Level: Intermediate2 Hours 736 Reviews
Recorded WebinarAudio

This course introduces physical therapists/physical therapist assistants to their role in the prevention and reduction of medical errors. Current topics relevant to differential diagnosis, autonomous practice, and ethics will be addressed. Clinical examples and everyday practice will be emphasized. Please note the presenter had internet connection issues throughout the live course and are evident in the recording.

Course created on October 23, 2014

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Course Type: Recorded Webinar, Audio

CEUs/Hours Offered: AK/2.0; AL/2.0; AR/2.0; AZ/2.0; CA/2.0; CO/2.0; CT/2.0; DE/2.0; GA/2.0; HI/2.0; IA/2.0; ID/2.0; IL/2.0; IN/2.0; KS/2.0; KY/2.0 Category 2; MA/2.0; ME/2.0; MI/2.0; MO/2.0; MS/2.0; MT/2.0; NC/2.0; ND/2.0; NE/2.0; NH/2.0; NY/2.0; OR/2.0; PA/2.0; RI/2.0; SC/2.0; SD/2.0; TN/2.0; TX/2.0; UT/2.0; VA/2.0; VT/2.0; WA/2.0; WI/2.0; WY/2.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkThe participant will be able to describe three characteristics of medical error in our current healthcare climate according to the information presented in this course.
  • checkmarkThe participant will be able to identify three areas of risk for medical errors in daily PT practice in a rehabilitation setting.
  • checkmarkThe participant will be able to accurately describe relationship between failure to follow precautions and contraindications and the prevalence of medical errors in PT treatment.
  • checkmarkThe participant will be able identify three risks associated with the scope of practice of PT for pharmacological decisions involving PT and patient management.
  • checkmarkThe participant will be able to discuss the relationship between medical errors to quality of care initiatives and practice improvement in PT practice.
  • checkmarkThe participant will be able to describe at least three ethical/professional concepts of beneficence, nonmaleficence, accountability, sound judgment as they relate to medical errors.
  • checkmarkThe participant will be able to develop a plan for prevention of medical errors in all PT practice settings.


0-15 Minutes Background and overview
15-35 Minutes Economic Impact
35-55 Minutes Ethical imperatives
55-75 Minutes Legal issues
75-95 Minutes Quality of care
95-115 Minutes Applications in daily practice
115-120 Minutes Q and A


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Presenter Disclosure: The presenter received an honorarium for the course. She is a member of the APTA, PPTA and an employee of Neumann University and Moss Rehab Hospital

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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California is a recognized continuing competency approval agency for the Physical Therapy Board of California. This course is offered for 2.0 hours of continuing competency.

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CE Broker is approved to report to CE Broker for PTs and PTAs licensed in the state of SC, CE Provider #: 50-14089. If you are a PT/PTA in South Carolina, CE Broker may be of interest to you.

IL Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor

This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Intermediate level) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Sponsor License #216000252).

New York is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.

Texas Physical Therapy Association

This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Intermediate level) by the Texas Physical Therapy Association. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. The Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) administers the CCAP on behalf of the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (Provider #1807033TX). Beginning July 1, 2018, the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) administers the CCAP on behalf of the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (Provider #2106033TX).

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