Patient safety is a top priority in healthcare and the RT is challenged in regards to patient safety in all healthcare venues. This course brings two lectures previously recorded for the AARC Professor's Rounds series straight to the practitioner! 

  • The Role of Safety Checklists in Healthcare: Bother or Necessity? with Dr. Timothy McDonald and Mr. Sam Giordano
  • Improving Patient Safety: How Respiratory Therapists Can Contribute with Dr. Karen Frush and Dr. Ira Cheifetz
Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
May 29, 2014
Expiration Date:
December 31, 2014 11:59 PM
Seminar Objectives
  • Explain the importance of identifying and reporting near misses, unsafe conditions, and patient safety incidents. (Part 1)
  • Describe the advantages of a transparent approach to patient harm or "near harm" events. (Part 1)
  • Identify the barriers to effective and honest communication between care professionals and with patients and families that occur following medical errors. (Part 1)
  • Recognize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of patient harm events and the associated process improvements. (Part 1)
  • List 3 components of a framework for patient safety. (Part 2)
  • Give an example of a systems problem that may lead to increased risk of an adverse event. (Part 2)
  • Describe the Swiss cheese model of organizational accidents and adverse events. (Part 2)
  • Discuss the importance of psychological safety in establishing a culture of safety. (Part 2)
The Role of Safety Checklists: Bother or Necessity?

This presentation reviews the history of the use of checklists and other standardized procedures to improve outcomes in various industries and discusses how they are being adopted for use in healthcare to reduce errors and improve patient safety.

Speaker Information
Sam Giordano MBA, RRT, FAARC   [ view bio ]
Timothy McDonald MD, JD   [ view bio ]
Improving Patient Safety: How Respiratory Therapists Can Contribute

This presentation will review the history of the current focus on patient safety, cite examples of positive economic and clinical outcomes resulting from patient safety initiatives, and discuss how respiratory therapists can become change agents to improve overall patient safety in their workplace.

Speaker Information
Ira Cheifetz MD, FCCM, FAARC   [ view bio ]
Karen Frush MD   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
American Association for Respiratory Care
Continuing Respiratory Care Education: 2.00
This seminar is no longer available for purchase.