Adverse Events


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Adverse events (AE) frequently occur in our medical system, and at least one in ten patients are affected. An AE is a harmful and negative outcome that happens when a patient has been provided with medical care. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of an adverse event and highlights the role of interprofessional team members in collaborating to evaluate and manage the adverse event.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Explain the importance of monitoring patients for an adverse event.
  • Identify the common causes of an adverse event.
  • Review the management of an adverse event.
  • Review the importance of improving care coordination among interprofessional team members to improve outcomes for patients affected by an adverse event.


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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 the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Ambulatory/Outpatient
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General Operative Anesthesia
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Neuro Anesthesia
  • Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Trauma
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
American Board of Ophthalmology
  • All Practice Areas
American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Allergy
American Board of Pathology
  • All Practice Areas (e.g. ethics)
American Board of Surgery
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery

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  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

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