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02-5631-20020: Risk Management: Prevention of Medical Errors in the Dental Practice

Course Description:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits (2 CEs).
Cost: $30.00
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Published October 2011
Updated June 2020
Expires July 2023
Pages 36
Course Instructor: Meagan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

Define the following terms:
  • Errors of omission
  • Errors of execution
  • Adverse events
  • Near misses
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Surgical/treatment errors
  • Medication errors
  • Malpractice


  • Know the responsibilities of a dentist or dental health care attendant when an adverse event or error occurs.
  • List proximal factors contributing to medical errors.
  • List nine safety goals for dental practice.
  • List the four elements of negligence.
  • Understand why vicarious liability is an important legal issue in dental practice.

Course Description

This course is designed for all members of the dental team to inform and educate about risk management and prevention of medical errors in clinical practice. All dental professionals must be proactive in every controllable area to minimize risk of liability to the practice and more importantly, ensure the absolute safety of the dental patient. Many state dental boards require a course that educates the dental team about safety goals and patient protection. We have designed this course to meet those state mandates. Medical errors can be largely prevented when best practices are applied. So dentists and their teams can be protected from lawsuits and secure in the knowledge that all measures to protect patients' safety have been undertaken.

About the Author

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 2.00
Price: $30.00

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