UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville to host national patient safety course

Published: March 16, 2017 By: Dan Leveton
Shawna J. Perry, M.D.

The University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville will host a nationally recognized patient safety course beginning April 3 at the River Club in downtown Jacksonville.

The Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety, or SEIPS, has been a leader in comprehensively applying human factors and systems engineering to the patient safety challenge. As part of this effort, the SEIPS course was created by the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University of Wisconsin in 2004. The course has been held annually in Madison, Wisconsin, but beginning this year will be held in Jacksonville from April 3 to 7.

Robert Wears, MD, a UF professor of emergency medicine, and Shawna Perry, MD, a UF associate professor of emergency medicine, have been named co-directors of the course, which is now sponsored by the UF Center for Simulation, Education, and Safety Research.

This is a five-day, intensive, interactive course taught by nationally recognized experts in human factors engineering, or HFE, and patient safety. It will provide help participants:

  • Identify the objectives of human factors engineering
  • Explain the use of HFE to improve patient safety
  • Describe the characteristics of a system and the implications for system design
  • Describe the principles of sociotechnical systems engineering

The course is designed to provide an understanding of human factors and systems engineering and how this approach to patient safety can improve system performance and safety, prevent harm when error does occur, help systems recover from error, and mitigate further harm.

The course is designed for all physicians, physician assistants, nurses, information technologists, quality improvement specialists, pharmacists, administrators, engineers, risk management professionals, infection control professionals, patient safety officers, and others interested in human factors engineering and patient safety.

For more information or to register for the course, visit http://www.seipscourse.org/.

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