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Risk, Patient Safety and Legal Issues in Obstetrics
Presenter:   Ann Gaffey, RN, MSN, CPHRM, DFASHRM
                     Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC

The purpose/goal(s) of this activity is to enable healthcare providers to have a better understanding of the risk to patient safety and legal issues in obstetrics.

  • Describe three strategies to reduce risk while caring for the obstetric patient
  • Discuss two patient safety practices that improve the safe delivery of care to
    obstetric patients
  • Describe three legal and liability claims issues prevalent in delivery of obstetric care

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 12:00-1:00 PM ET
1.0 Contact Hour(s)
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™   Mandatory for Physicians
This activity has been approved for 1.0 Risk Management Credit
1.0 Contact Hour(s) towards ASHRM Designation
Successful completion of education activities includes attendance at the entire activity and achieving a passing score of 80% or higher on the post-test in order to receive 1.0 Contact Hour(s) or 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. No partial credit is awarded.


Ms. Gaffey has served on the Board of the National Perinatal Information Center/Quality Analytic Services since 2014. She is President, Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC. She is an industry-recognized career risk management, quality and patient safety professional with over thirty years of experience in healthcare.

Ms. Gaffey provides innovative consultative services to improve and enhance enterprise risk management and patient safety programs with emphasis on risk identification, assessment, analysis and prevention as well as risk management and patient safety education. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to risk reduction and management strategies in healthcare. She has authored articles such as "Electronic Health Records: Communication and Documentation Considerations" in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management and co-authored a chapter in the Risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Organizations, 6th edition.

Ms. Gaffey has acute care risk management experience, with responsibilities including managing self-insurance and captive insurance programs, insurance purchasing, claims management, and traditional risk assessment and mitigation activities. She also has extensive consultative experience working with hospitals, physician offices and long term care facilities in identifying areas of risk and developing risk reduction, patient safety and mitigation strategies. Significant accomplishments include design and implementation of risk and claims management programs in group captive programs.

Ms. Gaffey is a member of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP), a Steering Committee member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, and a representative to the Alarm Management Task Force of the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

Ms. Gaffey received her degree from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from The George Washington University. She has achieved the CPHRM and DFASHRM designations. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is Faculty for the Risk Management Certificate Program of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM). She is the Immediate Past President of ASHRM.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

Accreditation: Women & Infants Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to sponsor intrastate continuing education for physicians. Women & Infants Hospital designates this online educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This meeting has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.
Content Code: 1 - Clinical/Patient Safety; Education Type Code: 1 - Educational Program

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