New certification program aims to curb hospital errors

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Regis University will launch a Patient Quality and Safety certification this fall.

The certificate is designed to help train hospital staff to identify risk and prevent medication errors.

The program will  consist of four, three-credit academic courses that can be completed in two terms.

Graduate level academic credit is granted for these courses and facilities’ tuition reimbursement can be used.

“Nearly every year there are thousands of deaths per year that are attributed to errors in treatment in medical facilities – any related to medication errors,” said Sheila Carlon, director of health services administration at Regis.

An Institute of Medicine study shows that as many as 98,000 people die every year from medical errors – more than die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS.