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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Albert Wu
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

Introduces students to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explains the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice. Emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Recognize the extent of problems in patient safety in medical care
Describe the role of various systems and factors in creating safety and in causing errors and adverse events
Discuss problems and issues in measuring and reporting safety
Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of conducting an incident investigation and disclosing an adverse event
Explore solutions to improve patient safety

Methods of Assessment: Final paper that will analyze a case and proposed potential solutions.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. Introduction to On-line Learning

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail