The Role of Occupational Therapy in Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction


instructor: Emily Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRM

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Medical errors have been and will continue to be a hot topic in health care. Many courses on patient safety and reduction of errors are designed for nurses and pharmacists, but this course specifically addresses the role occupational therapy practitioners play in patient safety initiatives. Areas covered include: the background of the current patient safety initiatives, a systems approach to reducing errors, a framework for completing a root cause analysis, and specific strategies to use in ones practice to improve safety. A case presentation assists the participant in applying concepts to a clinical setting.

Although this two credit hour course is tailored to fulfill the requirements for OT licensure in the State of Florida, it provides up-to-date information for occupational therapy practitioners living throughout the United States as well as other countries.



Content Focus

Category 1: Domain of OT: Contexts
Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention and Outcomes


Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, working in clinical and community settings, will benefit from the information presented in this course.


Upon successful completion of a multiple choice post-test, provision of a brief course evaluation and payment for this course, the participant will be awarded 0.2 AOTA CEUs (2 Contact Hours for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners). The University of Florida will send a Certificate of Completion (PDF) via email upon successful completion and enter the contact hours into the Florida CEBroker database.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:


Basic. Course content is appropriate for those desiring a sound, foundational knowledge of the topic with a focus on practical clinical application.


The learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test. A list of references is available for those who wish to study the topic further as well as consumer-based information appropriate for clients and families.

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