About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to present the concepts and issues related to patient safety and medical errors, as well as to explore the changes that are necessary for the development of a culture of safety.
Uponcompletion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Define medical errors.
- List the causes of medical errors.
- Give at least two examples of medical errors.
- Describe the process for reducing the occurrence of medical errors.
- List at least one method for preventing medical errors and/or promoting patient safety.
William Pruitt, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC, is a respiratory therapist with more than 30 years of
experience. He has been director of clinical education in the University of South Alabama’s Cardiorespiratory Sciences department for the past several years. Previously he was a senior instructor in the same department for 16 years. As an educator, Mr. Pruitt teaches about patient safety and the reduction of medical errors as part of all aspects of his courses. As a manager
in respiratory therapy, he worked to improve safety and reduce errors. As an author, he has written several articles covering such topics as risk, error, outcome, and safety. His writing has explored such topics as malignant hyper- thermia, hemoptysis, sleep science, comorbid conditions, long-term weaning issues in mechanical ventilation, the transporting of ventilator patients, health effects of the Gulf oil spill, and the use of moderate sedation. He has also participated in his state’s planning project for disaster management. Mr. Pruitt received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia College and State University, studied with the University of Chicago’s advanced respiratory therapy program, and received a master’s degree in business administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
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