Patient Safety in the ICU

A review of the evidence

The lecture duration is 43min.

0.75 CPD Points, 0.75 CEUs, 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and EB Medicine.

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Francesca Rubulotta
Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Imperial College, London
Lecture Summary

In addition to the learning objectives below, additional concepts that will be covered include: 1. Team training is a well-established approach for preventing errors in high-risk industries such as the military and the airline industry and is now being applied to the medical industry. 2. Simulation is a promising new strategy for improving patient safety. Similar to flight simulators used by the airline industry, health care simulators allow providers to learn a procedure or protocol using high-tech mannequins instead of living patients. 3. Pay-for-performance is a new approach for driving improvement in medical care by using financial incentives to reward hospitals that perform well on preestablished safety and quality measures. 4. Those who want to lead in patient safety should innovate new approaches for preventing errors and study these approaches using rigorous research methodology.

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors
Experienced or advanced Critical Care Nurses

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Recognise medical errors most commonly present in the ICU
  • Respond promptly to adverse events by performing root cause analyses and applying evidence-based risk reduction strategies
  • Understand the importance of systematic investigations by multidisciplinary teams in respons eto serious adverse events in the ICU

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

CME Faculty Disclosure

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.

Commercial Support

This activity received no commercial support.