Fundamentals of Patient Safety 2018

  • Claim Credits by 9/20/2021
  • Online Activity
Credits Available: CME, Patient Safety, AANA, ACHE

Fundamentals of Patient Safety 2018 is an interactive, online CME course covering patient safety principles, reinforced with anesthesia-specific scenarios and examples. Case studies, quizzes and exercises within the course provide ample opportunity...  Read More +

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0™. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

AANA Accreditation
This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 10.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037000; Expiration Date 9/27/2021.


This activity meets the criteria of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety for 10.0 CPPS CE hours. Learn more about the CPPS credential.

The Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential distinguishes health care professionals who meet the competency requirements in the areas of patient safety science and human factors engineering, and who demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to effectively plan and implement patient safety initiatives. Candidates may include patient safety professionals, clinicians, non-clinical health care workers, executives, and other professionals with the requisite background.

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, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and 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. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:


  • List the patient safety terms and concepts associated with preventing and analyzing errors using the systems approach
  • Describe the magnitude and impact of errors in anesthesiology patient care
  • Apply patient safety terminology and concepts to case studies

Systems Approach 1

  • Identify the multiple layers of a health-care system that affect patient safety
  • Using patient safety concepts, compare the strengths and weaknesses of the system in which you are currently working in with the patient safety systems approach
  • Identify work-arounds and other lapses in systems and their effects on patient safety
  • Apply the systems approach concepts to case studies in the perioperative setting

System Approach 2

  • Identify medication process issues involved with patient safety, including drug shortages
  • List drug-error prevention strategies and techniques in medication processes
  • Identify the anesthesiologist’s role in patient medication management and drug reconciliation
  • Apply drug-error prevention strategies to medication processes in the perioperative setting

Communications 1

  • Identify factors and barriers that affect practitioner-to-patient communication
  • Explain the importance of communication in the disclosure of adverse events to patients and their families
  • Define the concept of the second victim and how to mitigate the effect of adverse events on the practitioner

Communications 2

  • Explain the importance of communication skills and crew resource management training for interactions with medical team members during the perioperative period
  • Identify barriers to communication, including authority gradients
  • Identify critical team communication events during the perioperative period and tools to use to break down communication barriers
  • Apply techniques and tools to combat communication barriers during briefs, time-outs, debriefs, and handoffs from practitioner to practitioner

Safety Culture

  • Identify the beliefs, attitudes, and characteristics that are necessary when establishing and sustaining a safety culture
  • Describe how a “just culture” links to the systems approach and error analysis
  • Interpret the steps to establishing a safety culture
  • Explore action strategies for educating and engaging medical teams, clinical leaders, hospital administration and patients in safety culture initiatives
  • Apply the above concepts to establish and maintain a safety culture

Error Analysis and Prevention

  • Define the terms of error analysis and prevention
  • Compare strengths and weaknesses of Root Cause Analysis and Failure Mode Effect Analysis methods of error analysis
  • Explore the steps to conducting an RCA and FMEA
  • Apply RCA and FMEA concepts and methods to case studies
All members of the anesthesia care team.

All faculty, planners and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.

Windows system requirements: Minimum 1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor; 1 GB RAM or higher; Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 or newer. Macintosh platform system requirements: Intel processor; 1 GB RAM or higher; Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or newer. Recommended minimum Web browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, and Google Chrome 30. Your browser will also need to have JavaScript enabled. Adobe® Reader® 7.0 or higher is also required. Minimum bandwidth: 512 kbps.

Fundamentals of Patient Safety 2018
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