Drug Errors in Anesthesia
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Drug Errors in Anesthesia

Drug Errors in Anesthesia

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Administration of potent anesthetic drugs with small intrinsic margins between effective doses and overdose requires constant vigilance. Anesthesiologists are acutely aware of the numerous claims related to drug errors included in the ASA Closed Claims Database and are familiar with the lexicon that classifies mechanisms of drug errors. Therefore, anesthesiologists know that the most common distinct mechanisms of error are substitution, insertion, and incorrect dose. They also must recognize that an incorrect dose is most likely to produce serious or even fatal consequences. Physicians need to regularly review the OR procedures to ensure safe drug use, and be alerted to the change before the drugs are provided and stocked in the OR.

This case-based CME program educates through the presentation of patient safety scenarios, and is available exclusively online. Patient safety is a component of the American Board of Anesthesiology's MOCA® requirements.

This activity meets the criteria of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety for .75 CPPS CE hours.

MOC Approval Statement

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) and/or an MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity for the following ABMS Member Boards: 


MOC Part II CME Activity

Anesthesiology, Thoracic Surgery, Urology


Note: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement (only). Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.

CME Credit:
0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Required Hardware / Software:
Internet connection, Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Learning Objectives: After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

- Describe the types of drug errors and their standard definitions.
- Recognize mechanisms of drug errors in the operating room.
- State the frequency of errors associated with various commonly used drugs....

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