Fundamentals of Patient Safety (IHI Open School Course: PS101)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of patient safety. You’ll learn the different types of errors, why errors occur, and how they can be prevented. You’ll understand effective and ineffective strategies for responding to errors when they do occur – especially with the goal of reducing, and ultimately eliminating, the chance that they’ll occur again. You’ll learn about the different kinds of error-reporting systems, and the effectiveness of each. Finally, you’ll learn about the difference between error and harm – and why reducing harm is the appropriate target of efforts to improve safety.
 
Lesson 1: To Err Is Human
Lesson 2: Responding to Error
Lesson 3: Identifying and Reporting Errors
Lesson 4: Error versus Harm
 
This course is free for students, medical residents, university faculty who teach courses, and users from the Least Developed Countries. IHI charges a modest subscription fee for health professionals. Learn more about IHI Open School subscriptions.