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Medical Errors
Prevention and Patient Safety

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  • You must score 70% or better to pass this test.
  • Select one answer for each question.
  • Review your selections before submitting the test for grading.

NoteThis course was revised and updated June 16, 2021. If you printed test questions from the previous version of this course, you will find that some questions in your printed version differ from the test below.

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1. A medical error is best defined as:

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2. According to the Joint Commission, a patient safety event that results in death, permanent or severe temporary harm, and intervention required to sustain life is referred to as a(an):

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3. A surgical or invasive procedure performed on the wrong patient is a considered a(an):

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4. In the U.S. healthcare environment, high error rates with serious consequences are most likely to occur in:

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5. The majority of medical errors are caused by:

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6. According to the Skill, Rule, and Knowledge (SRK)–based classification system, skill-based errors in healthcare are caused by:

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7. To reduce the risk of wrong-site, wrong-procedure, and wrong-person errors, the Joint Commission’s Universal Protocol introduced the concept of:

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8. Most diagnostic errors that occur in primary care practice settings include:

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9. A physician prescribes the wrong dose of amoxicillin for a pediatric patient, unaware of the patient’s current bodyweight. The physician’s action is an example of an error in:

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10. All of the following are recommended strategies to help prevent medication administration errors, except:

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11. When administering a high-alert medication to a patient, nursing best practice includes:

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12. Recommendations to reduce the incidence of line and tubing misconnections include:

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13. One of the most significant reasons for the spread of bacteria in healthcare settings is:

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14. Which is an assessment tool widely used in both hospital and long-term patient settings to prevent falls?

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15. The nurse is preparing to contact the patient’s primary care provider about a new patient symptom. Which statement does the nurse make when communicating their “assessment” using the SBAR technique?

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16. The most common medical error among hospitalized infants and young children is:

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17. Which condition would not be reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid if acquired during a hospitalization?

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18. Which is a correct statement regarding evidence-based practice?

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19. The ultimate goal of a root cause analysis is to:

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20. A “just culture” model approach within healthcare includes:


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