Patient Safety in the ICU

Dr. Francesca Rubulotta

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Lecture overview

In addition to the learning objectives below, additional concepts that will be covered include:

  1. Team training is a well-established approach for preventing errors in high-risk industries such as the military and the airline industry and is now being applied to the medical industry.
  2. Simulation is a promising new strategy for improving patient safety. Similar to flight simulators used by the airline industry, health care simulators allow providers to learn a procedure or protocol using high-tech mannequins instead of living patients.
  3. Pay-for-performance is a new approach for driving improvement in medical care by using financial incentives to reward hospitals that perform well on preestablished safety and quality measures.
  4. Those who want to lead in patient safety should innovate new approaches for preventing errors and study these approaches using rigorous research methodology.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Recognise medical errors most commonly present in the ICU.
  2. Respond promptly to adverse events by performing root cause analyses and applying evidence-based risk reduction strategies.
  3. Understand the importance of systematic investigations by multidisciplinary teams in respons eto serious adverse events in the ICU.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Dr. Francesca Rubulotta

Dr. Francesca Rubulotta is Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Imperial College, Charing Cross, and St. Mary’s Hospital, NHS Trust in London. She is a member of the European Board of Intensive Care Medicine (EBICM), a member of the European Accreditation Board for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) in the Union of European Medical Specialities (UEMS), a member of the Governance Board of the EACCME, and a new member of the UEMS school of examiners.

Dr. Rubulotta trained in End of Life and Compassionate Care Medicine at Brown University and Rhode Island University Hospital in Province, where she received certification for the protection of study volunteers of Rochester University. She has been working in the ethics group of the ESICM for several years, participating in international projects such as: Conflicus, Europain and Appropricus. Dr. Rubulotta has also contributed to the “Rapid Response System Conference” since 2007 and is a founding member of the International Conference of the Society for Rapid Response Systems.


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