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Seminar Detail

Medication Error Prevention Training: 30+ Best Practices to Minimize the Risk of Making a Life-Threatening Mistake

Where:
HONOLULU, HI
When:
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

A seasoned nurse had drawn up the right dose of a drug hundreds of times in her career.

But once … she made a life-changing error. A patient died, she was suspended, and then fired from a profession she loves.

Patient safety is a sacred bond. For nurses, keeping patients safe is the top priority. But long shifts, high acuities, confusing dosing calculations, an ever-changing list of drug interactions, and similar drug names create an environment where even the most competent clinician can make a serious medication mistake.

Are you confident that you have the tools you need to avoid making a headline error?

This program will give you all the resources you need to fulfill this critical aspect of your job and dramatically reduce your risk of making a life changing error. Join Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant as she shares with you what she has learned working with the Board of Nursing in five states consulting and educating nurses who have received corrective action and suspension related to their medication errors!
Objectives:

  1. Compare the major categories of adverse drug events (ADEs).
  2. Evaluate the barriers to and benefits of reporting ADEs.
  3. Solve medication dosage calculations.
  4. Analyze actual medication errors to avoid the pitfalls.
  5. Demonstrate how available tools and strategies can assist with error prevention and safe medication use.
  6. Develop new skills to predict high risk medication error scenarios.
OUTLINE

Through the teachings of real-life scenarios, expert Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, Ph.D., MS, LHRM, CCRN-K, will walk you step-by-step through the following topics to transform your nursing practice.

Insights from a Legal Nurse Consultant
  • What the current data says … will amaze you!
  • Consequences of unsafe practice
    • Patient injury or death
    • Loss of trust
    • Corrective action – Understanding what that means
    • Suspended license
    • Loss of license
    • Litigation
  • Types of Medication Errors
    • Commission
    • Omission
Med Error Contributors: Identify Safety Precautions for YOUR Practice
  • Ineffective communication
  • Experience level – Beginner vs. expert
  • Interruptions and distractions
  • Shift length, patient acuity and workload
  • Systems errors: Lack of safety nets
  • Similar drug names
  • Failure to follow policies or guidelines
    • Taking short cuts
    • Ordering: Electronic, written, verbal
    • Order processing: Pharmacy review
    • Beyond the 8 Rights of Medication Administration
  • Review actual cases of medication errors: What went wrong?
Drug Calculation Errors: A Deadly Mistake!
  • Common errors and how to avoid them
    • Mathematical calculations
    • Metric vs. imperial systems
    • Units of measure and conversions
  • Tools and policies to avoid making math errors
  • The tragic and deadly stories …
Identify the Greatest Risk Potential for Errors
  • High risk medications – Insulins, opioids, anticoagulants, etc.
  • Drip titration
  • Predict high risk patients for adverse reactions
  • Must-know insights on reversal agents
Reporting ADEs
  • Barriers to reporting
  • Internal reporting system
    • Just Culture
    • Professional accountability
    • Incident reports – learning from past experiences
Minimize the Risk of Making a Life-Threatening Mistake: Individual and Systems Approaches
  • Time management tools
  • Think critically
  • Facility safety nets
  • Electronic tools
  • Use the safety tools available
    • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    • Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
    • Be a STAR! An easy philosophy to guide your safe, medication administration practice
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Educators
  • Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Pharmacists
  • Risk Management
  • Paralegals
  • Attorneys

RACHEL CARTWRIGHT-VANZANT, PHD, MS, RN, LHRM, LNCC, CCRN-K

Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, Ph.D., MS, LHRM, CCRN-K is an innovative educator using effective strategies to help nurses to easily understand complex concepts to avoid patient crisis. She is a legal nurse consultant, licensed healthcare risk manager and published author in peer reviewed journals. Her clinical insights have been sought to evaluate medical records for compliance with standards of care, including medication errors. Rachel delivers more than basic textbook information, because her presentations tap into her extensive experience in various clinical care roles. She is known in the healthcare industry as a patient safety expert, delivers keynote speeches, and provides expert witness testimony in court regarding nursing care and documentation deficiencies. Rachel connects immediately with her audience, because her humor and entertaining presentation style turns seemingly boring topics into fun conversations.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant is the Owner of Medical Legal Concepts, LLC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Nursing at Palm Beach State College. Ms. Cartwright-Vanzant receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.


Pharmacists
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Successful completion of this Knowledge-based activity qualifies for 6.3 contact hours. PESI, Inc. is on probation as an accredited provider of continuing pharmacy education by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Next scheduled review: June 2021. ACPE Universal Program Number: 0289-0000-19-014-L01-P. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance. Please note: Pharmacists are required to complete a program evaluation/post-test within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to ACPE. A valid NABP e-Profile ID and Birthdate (mm/dd) will be required for reporting. Don’t have your e-Profile ID yet? Visit the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website and complete your e-profile at www.nabp.net in order to obtain your NABP e-Profile ID.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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