ASCP Patient Safety Education Helps Laboratory Professionals Stay Ahead of the Curve in Quality Issues
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Medical laboratory professionals may not interact directly with patients very often, but they are critical to ensuring patient safety and the delivery of quality patient care.
“The medical laboratory is part of a complex system where errors may occur at any point along the continuum of care, from the pre-analytical to post analytical phases of diagnostic testing,” says Kenneth Emancipator, MD, FASCP, a member at large of the ASCP Board of Directors and Director of Companion Diagnostics at Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, N.J. “When it comes to patient safety, pathologists need to look beyond the four walls of the lab.”
“The medical laboratory is part of a complex system where errors may occur at any point along the continuum of care, from the pre-analytical to post analytical phases of diagnostic testing.”
— Kenneth Emancipator, MD, FASCP
ASCP is one of only two societies nationwide that offers online courses in patient safety, approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Beginning in 2014, pathologists enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification must complete an ABMS-approved patient safety course within their next two, two-year reporting cycles. The Patient Safety Module must be completed at least once during each 10-year cycle.
“Our patient safety courses are targeted toward pathologists who need to maintain their MOC so that they can continue to advance in their careers,” says Eric Parks, PhD, ASCP Director of Education Design and Technology. “ASCP is committed to delivering patient-centric education. We also have laboratory professionals across the country who take this course because there are so few laboratory patient safety programs available. ASCP is really a leader in this area.”
The patient safety education module, which Dr. Emancipator helped develop, is designed to promote a culture of safety and to eliminate preventable patient harm by engaging, educating, and equipping pathologists and laboratory professionals to assimilate case-based safety practices.
To learn more about ASCP’s Patient Safety education module, click here. To learn about the latest updates on patient safety, mark your calendar for ASCP 2014 Tampa Bay, Oct. 8–11, and attend a session, “Anatomic Pathologist's Role in Patient Safety,” presented by Jan Silverman, MD, FASCP, Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, Pa.