BROOKFIELD, Wis., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare professionals can positively impact patient safety and their facilities' bottom line by attending the free webinar "Eagle Eye: Exercises in Reducing Medication Errors" from 1-2 p.m. EDT Oct. 20. The event will be hosted by Nurse.com and ContinuingEducation.com, two premier healthcare brands of OnCourse Learning.
"This webinar is designed for anyone who is involved in what I call 'the medication use process,'" said Esther Kim, PharmD, who serves as director of continuing pharmacy education for OnCourse Learning. "It's an important learning opportunity for prescribers, nurses and pharmacists, but also dietitians, social workers and even administrators."
The webinar, which will be hosted by Kim, is accredited for physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, registered dietitians and social workers.
According to the National Quality Forum, preventable medication errors create nearly $21 billion annually in wasteful healthcare spending. Those errors occur in 3.8 million inpatient admissions and 3.3 million outpatient visits each year.
"Given the price tag associated with medication errors, healthcare professionals definitely can help decrease the costs associated with lost productivity, ED and urgent care visits, fewer admissions, shorter hospital stays, and resources such as provider and nursing hours or medications," Kim said. "In addition, patients and families who are more informed about their medications tend to have better health outcomes."
Kim is a residency-trained pharmacist with experience in the long-term care and community settings. She also has worked in academia with the Touro College of Pharmacy. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
Healthcare professionals will get several key takeways from the webinar. Kim said attendees will learn:
- How to openly communicate with colleagues and patients about medications.
- The importance of increasing voluntary medication error reporting.
- Providing the best care for the patient means all healthcare professions must share the responsibility to reduce medication errors.
Healthcare professionals can attend by visiting the webinar signup page.
To learn more about OnCourse Learning's continuing education courses for healthcare professionals, please visit our website.
Nurse.com and ContinuingEducation.com are trusted sources of CE content for millions of professionals every year, providing original and unbiased courses on thousands of healthcare-related topics for 20 healthcare professions. Their parent company OnCourse Learning is the largest provider of interprofessional CE content with Joint Accreditation status, which serves the three largest professions in healthcare: nursing, medicine and pharmacy. To learn more, visit Nurse.com and ContinuingEducation.com.
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