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Webinar - Just Culture and MedWatch: Safety, Quality, and Transparency

The American Nurses Association and the US Food and Drug Administration held a complimentary webinar November 20, 2014:

Just Culture and MedWatch: Safety, Quality, and Transparency

Errors in healthcare can result in blame, shame, loss of reputation, and disciplinary action for health care providers, not to mention harm to patients. Therefore many adverse events are never or are under-reported. Instead, if a “Just Culture” approach is used, adverse events and “near misses” are reported. That provides for identification of the root cause of the error, allowing constant improvement to the system, and ensuring the safety of future patients. The FDA provides an excellent resource, MedWatch, on reporting adverse events with additional safety information regarding human medical products, including pharmaceuticals.

Following this webinar, nurses will be able to:

  1. Describe Just Culture practices and how these practices positively impact the patient and the health care provider in regard to adverse event reporting.
  2. Analyze MedWatch resources and demonstrate their use in reporting and reducing adverse events.

NOTE: CE credits are no longer available for this activity. Continuing Nursing Education was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For more information regarding contact hours, please call Holly Carpenter at 301-628-5105.