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The course, Veterinary Medical Errors and Prevention Techniques is a web-based course designed to help bridge the gap and give understanding of the parallel existence between veterinary and human medical errors for veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians. Since the veterinary world lacks a historic background revolving around medical errors we present a strong human medical error history to help focus the practicing veterinarians and CVTs on how to determine where we as a profession are, and how we can work to reduce and/or eliminate veterinary errors in the United States. The course presents the initial revelation of the effect of medical errors on patients and the progress that has occurred up to present day. Veterinary Medical Errors and Prevention Techniques also provides an understanding of a root cause analysis (RCA), and basics of how to conduct a RCA when needed to assist veterinarians in developing workflows that prevent the same errors from occurring in the future. Finally, the course will provide information on medical errors that occur in the practice of veterinary medicine and techniques/process change to eliminate errors including medication errors.
The purpose of this course, Medical Errors and Prevention Techniques in Veterinary Medicine, is to provide veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians with an in-depth review of the history of medical errors, available resources on veterinary medical errors in comparison to available resources in the human medical world, the efforts to reduce medical errors, knowledge and skills to conduct a root cause analysis (RCA) when an error occurs, and to provide suggestions and techniques to reduce/eliminate errors in the practice of veterinary medicine.
Course Goals and Objectives
After successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Understand root cause analysis and determine when necessary.
- Perform a root cause analysis.
- Implement processes to reduce or eliminate errors in their own veterinary practice.
- Have a working knowledge of the history of medical errors and intervention techniques that can be applied to their veterinary practice.
- Understand the basic processes immediately implemented to reduce medical errors.
- Demonstrate the most recent process implementations to further reduce medical errors.
- Identify potential errors in the practice of veterinary medicine and avert before errors/events cause harm.
- Recognize the role of medications and their effect in veterinary medicine.
- Recognize the role of thorough documentation in the administration of medications and creation of compliant medical records in the prevention of medical errors.
Amanda Ziegler, DVM
Suzanne Gasse, MBA, PT, ATC, CSCS
Lisa Fleming, M. Ed.
DVMs and CVTs in the State of Texas
This course is applicable for introductory and advanced learners.
Method of Instruction / Availability
Online text-based course / available 24/7
Requirement for CE Credits
A score of 70% or greater on the course post-test
Continuing Education Credits
2.0 hours of continuing education credit
How to Get Started
Click the first unit below to begin. If you have purchased this course, you will be able to take the course quiz and earn your CEUs upon marking each reading section complete.