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Preventing Medical Errors in Audiology

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1.  According to recent reports, which of the following statements is true:
  1. Adverse effects of medical treatment are not uncommon.
  2. Only a small fracture of AEMT are due to medical error.
  3. Population-adjusted AEMT rates have been slowly decreasing.
  4. All of the above
2.  According to the authors, the root cause analysis:
  1. Helps us understand how and why something happened.
  2. Eliminates professional liability.
  3. Helps us problem solve and improve safety.
  4. Both A & C
3.  Which of the following is true regarding the development of established standards of care?
  1. Establishes uniformity across individuals and sets expectations for performance.
  2. Is not needed in audiology since we are now a doctorate level profession.
  3. Takes away the individual skill set.
  4. Is too repetitive and not effective.
4.  In order to take the safest ear impressions, the authors recommend:
  1. Appropriate bracing.
  2. Examine the ear pre block placement.
  3. Examine the ear post block placement.
  4. All of the above
5.  What is the first step in improving patient safety?
  1. Understand why the situation occurred and get the facts.
  2. Contact your legal department.
  3. Get the costs under control.
  4. Determine the type of compensation the patient is seeking.
6.  According to the authors, what is the most serious adverse in their experience?
  1. Dome dislodgments
  2. Cerumen removal
  3. Patient falls
  4. Earmold impressions
7.  What are the common error in cerumen removal?
  1. Canal abrasions
  2. Ignoring contraindications
  3. Not cleaning and disinfecting cerumen tools
  4. All of the above
8.  Good infection control protocols include:
  1. Handwashing between patients
  2. Disinfecting hearing aids, tools and patient contact surfaces
  3. Changing disinfectant solution daily
  4. All of the above
9.  Which of the following is true regarding hearing aid verification procedures?
  1. If the patient likes the sound quality, probe mic measures aren’t important.
  2. The first fit algorithm is proven to be the best for all patients.
  3. Digital hearing aids cannot be tested with probe microphones.
  4. Many licensed providers don’t perform any type of fitting verification.
10.  What are the important steps in improving patient safety in audiology?
  1. Provide quality oversight.
  2. Foster a culture of transparency and education.
  3. Talk about how and why it happened.
  4. All of the above

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