This activity originally released as Creating a Culture of Patient Safety (SAM eligible) and was available between October 29, 2015, and October 28, 2018. The content was reviewed in April 2018.
This activity is an ABP-approved activity that meets the Continuing Certification (CC) requirements for Component I – Patient Safety Self-Assessment Programs and is intended for pathologists who have this requirement. This activity is also intended for other pathologists and laboratory medical directors who are interested in learning more about the topic of patient safety and how to improve quality in the laboratory.
This activity provides an overview of the key concepts and principles of patient safety and how they are applied in laboratory medicine. It begins with a pre-test to gauge your current knowledge of patient safety with the ability to review content for any questions missed.
There are seven lessons in this activity, each focused on a key theme related to patient safety.
- Introduction to Patient Safety
Learn the definition of patient safety and why it’s important in laboratory medicine. Review an introductory case, some statistics on medical errors, and a high-level history of the patient safety movement.
- Epidemiology of Error
Learn about adverse events and different ways to classify errors as well as how to prevent and reduce common errors.
- Systems Thinking
Learn about systems thinking and how to use this to improve processes, reduce adverse events, and improve quality in your laboratory or institution.
- Human Factors and Culture of Safety
Learn about the field of human factors, including the evolution of human-computer interaction (HCI) and how it relates to health care, and how to create a culture of safety in your laboratory or institution.
- Fundamentals of Quality Improvement
Learn about quality improvement and why it’s important in pathology, as well as how to implement change, the difference between change and improvement, and specific quality improvement strategies and methods you can implement in your organization or laboratory, such as the model for improvement and plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle.
Learn about why communication is so important when it comes to preventing errors and improving quality in the laboratory and across interdisciplinary health care teams, including common communication errors and communication best practices.
- Methods and Tools for Avoiding Errors
Learn about common risk assessment tools and methods, such as root cause analysis (RCA) and failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and error reporting as it relates to improving patient safety.
Knowledge check questions and interactions appear throughout the activity providing the opportunity to apply what you have learned. Three interactive videos will put you in the shoes of pathologists and allow you to interact with the content.
Upon completion of the activity content, you will be presented with a 30-question post-test .
Printable resources are provided to supplement the activity content including:
- 2015 Institute of Medicine report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care”
- 2017 Interpretive Diagnostic Error Reduction in Surgical Pathology and Cytology guideline from the CAP’s Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine publication
As part of the program, you are encouraged to participate in a social media community to network with peers and colleagues across the US and Canada and discuss important and timely patient safety topics.
As a result of participating in this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you will be able to:
- Define patient safety and explain why it’s important in laboratory medicine.
- Describe the core elements of a health care system and how they come together to produce patient care.
- Define adverse events and outline the different methods to categorize these events.
- Describe some common ways to classify errors and explain common sources of error in laboratory medicine.
- Define systems thinking and explain how a well-performing system can prevent patient harm.
- Describe the study of human factors and how it relates to patient safety.
- Describe a culture of safety and provide some best practices for creating a culture of safety in a health care organization or laboratory.
- Define quality improvement and explain how quality improvement programs reduce adverse events and promote patient safety.
- Define and explain the purpose of risk planning and risk management in promoting patient safety.
- Explain how communication in laboratory medicine is integral to patient safety.
- Describe how methods and tools are utilized to identify, evaluate and prevent adverse events and provide some examples of common methods and tools used for these purposes.
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Continuing Certification (CC), formerly known as Maintenance of Certification (MOC), requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association Canadienne des Pathologistes. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours equivalent to 15 credits.
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. You must pass the post-test to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim any credit.
Attention Canadian Participants: You have three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you do not pass the post-test after three attempts, you may still claim CPD credit (self-assessment program credits) for this activity. Please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040 option 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of this activity and the date completed to request a letter of participation..
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This activity and evaluation is available October 29, 2018 and will expire on October 28, 2021 at 12:00 AM (ET). You MUST claim credit by this date and time.