Interactive Session - Best Practices to Prevent Serious Laboratory Errors

Date:October 20, 2014

Time:1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Location:HCC312 - Hawaii Convention Center


Anthony R. Anderson, M.S. (Chair), Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas, PA

Richard T. Scott, M.D., Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey

Marius Meintjes, Ph.D., Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine

(Panel Discussion)

Needs Assessment and Description
To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System made its debut in 1999 by the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences. Through observation of various industries, such as the airline industry, many changes have been made in the health care system, either through self-regulation or government intervention. This session for assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory clinicians and laboratorians will provide strategies in continued quality management. 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 

  1. Determine the points of preventable adverse events in the ART laboratory. 
  2. Identify strategies for implementing patient safety– focused protocols. 
ACGME Competency

The primary purpose of contemporaneous written documentation of a laboratory risk event is to:
a. Offer a reason for the adverse event in a patient’s medical record in order to be able to answer any questions the patient may ask
b. Create protected information that will only be used by the ART laboratory’s defense attorney in the event of a lawsuit
c. Provide a truthful, objective summary of facts, excluding blame or personal opinion, that can be used to document the event, write an action plan, and defend a potential lawsuit
d. Enforce further policies and procedures necessary to prevent the event from happening agai


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