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Learning objectives

  • Estimate the prevalence of medication errors in the United States according to the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report.
  • Identify the responsibilities of a dentist or dental health care attendant when an adverse event occurs.
  • Define the following terms:
    • Sentinel event.
    • Root-cause analysis.
    • Adverse event.
    • Medical error.
    • Near-miss.
    • Medication error.
  • Name three organizations that collect adverse event reports.
  • Name three databases of adverse event reporting.
  • Describe the objectives and sequence of events in a root-cause analysis.
  • Define a dental device and explain its risk potential.
  • List examples of the most common dental-related adverse events.

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