Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc./EasyCPEcredits.com

CPE Home Page

Frequently Asked Questions

List of All Courses/Programs
Quick way to order!

Nutrition & Clinical


Prof. Development



Bargain Corner/Sales

Share a Program:
Reporting Forms only

Non-CPEU Products

Become One of Our Authors

Order Form
For fax, mail, or Purchase Orders

Submit Reporting Form

FREE:Read & Grow Rich
eNewsletter-Sign up For Alerts
New programs/Special Offers/Coupons


Contact Us

Combating Medical Errors: The Role of the Dietetics Practitioner
Rachel Close, MS, RD, CNSC, CDN


Manual with 1 Reporting Form, 30 pgs.
An informative medical errors CPE program which meets the Florida Licensure requirements. More specifically you will be able to:

  • Apply the national safety goals and practices to achieve improved safety.
  • Apply protocols for identifying medical errors and appropriately address them to decrease the rate of incidences.
  • Describe how dietetics practitioners can contribute to a culture of safety and help minimize medical errors.

For more information click here.

Approved by CDR

For RDs/RDNs & DTRs/NDTRs for the Professional Development Portfolio:

SUGGESTED Learning Need Codes:
1000, 1010, 1050, 1080, 4000, 4040, 5000, 5390, 6000, 7000, 7100, 7110, 7160, 8000, 8040

SUGGESTED Performance Indicators (PI):
1.1.6, 1.1.8, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.6, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3, 7.1.2, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 8.3.2, 8.3.5, 8.3.6, 8.3.7

DON'T SEE your Performance Indicators or Code Listed here?
There are many Performance Indicators (PIs) that are applicable we can't list them all &
Per CDR you may use ANY PI or CODE as long as it relates to your Learning Plan.
For details
click here.

Share with a friend and Save! Click here for important information about sharing.
To order an ADDITIONAL Reporting Form click below:

C282F 3 CPEUs

Combating Medical Errors: The Role of the Dietetics Practitioner
Rachel Close, MS, RD, CNSC, CDN

Copyright 2016 Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the Publisher.


Lyna Velanovich: "Easy to read and follow. I liked the questions on the test; really made me think about the information covered in this course."

Valerie Carr: "I am familiar with medical errors of course; however, the course provided more insight for me of senior management's role in the process of improvement. The detailed description of the causes of Medical Errors is beneficial to me as a practitioner."

Kathie Cartwright: "I especially liked the case studies included in the text."

Anna Most: "I liked that I could complete the course at my own pace on my own time schedule."

Cara Tester: "I found the material even though concise to be extremely informative, thought provoking and real life scenario relevant."


The large and complex nature of the healthcare system is wrought with opportunities for medical errors. The Institute of Medicine in 1999 estimated that medical errors resulted in 44,000 to 98,000 preventable deaths annually and costs between $17 - 29 billion per year. It is vital for all healthcare providers in all venues of healthcare to be alert and actively working at reducing their contribution to potential errors as well as catching errors that may have already occurred in a patient or clients care. This CPE program is intended to help dietetics practitioners become aware of the growing body of literature addressing medical errors and demonstrate ways the system can be improved.
This CPE program is a level 2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program approved for three (3) continuing professional education units (CPEUs). That means that the reader has general knowledge of literature and professional practice in the area covered. The focus of the program is to enhance knowledge and application.
To get the most benefit from this program, we suggest you adhere to the following four steps:
Step 1: Review the objectives for the CPE program.
Step 2: Study the program and as you read, think of how you can apply what is being discussed in your own area of practice.
Step 3: Assess what you have learned by completing the self assessment instrument at the end of this CPE program.
Step 4: Compare your answers to the answer key that has been provided. If you score at least 80% (8 questions) correct, you are ready to transfer your answers to the CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REPORTING FORM. If you scored less than 80% correct, re-read this CPE program until you score at least 80% correct.
After you have successfully completed the program, complete the CPE REPORTING FORM and:
Submit on-line at www.easyCPEcredits.com,
Or fax to: (410) 531-9282,
Or mail to: Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc., 13621 Gilbride Ln, Clarksville, MD 21029.

We will email your Certificate of Completion.

When you submit your CPE Reporting Form to us via www.easyCPEcredits.com, fax or mail, be sure to write your correct email address in the space provided on the CPE Reporting Form. If writing by hand, be sure to print your email address clearly.

To ensure that our emails are delivered to your inbox (instead of your junk/spam folders), please add cpesupport@wolfrinke.com to your Address Book or Safe List of allowed email senders. Also, be sure to allow attachments from this email address.


Upon the completion of this accredited, self-directed learning program you should be able to:

  • Define the types of medical errors, primary contributing causes, and their consequences.
  • Recognize the prevalence of medical errors and the need for improved reporting.
  • Apply the national safety goals and practices to achieve improved safety.
  • Apply protocols for identifying medical errors and appropriately address them to decrease the rate of incidences.
  • Discuss the need to empower patients and family members to further contribute to the culture of safety.
  • Describe how dietetics practitioners can contribute to a culture of safety and help minimize medical errors.


Defining Medical Errors
Epidemiology of Medical Errors
Cause of Medical Errors
Monitoring Medical Errors
Reporting of Medical Errors
Areas for Improvement by Individuals
Areas for Improvement by Healthcare Institutions
Programs Promoting Patient Safety
Code of Ethics
Scope of Practice
Standards of Practice (SOP) and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP)


Rachel Close, MS RD CDN CNSC is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has extensive experience in clinical nutrition and nutrition support. She is currently a critical care clinical dietitian practicing within the surgical intensive care unit and neurological/neurological surgery intensive care unit at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She also teaches medical nutrition therapy at the undergraduate level at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.


Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN, CSP is the president and founder of Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc., a company that has provided high quality CPE programs to dietetics practitioners since 1990.
He earned a BS at Drexel University, a MS at Iowa State University, a PhD in Continuing and Vocational Education (Adult Ed) at the University of Wisconsin, and interned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He participated in a test item writer workshop sponsored by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Wolf is a past Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management & Technology, University of Maryland, and a former Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Continuing Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.
He is the past president of the DC Dietetic Association and has been honored by the Academy with the Award for Excellence in the practice of Management; the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award; the Outstanding Service Award; and has delivered the Lenna Frances Cooper Lecture.
At the Academy he has served in numerous leadership roles including Chair, Scholarship Committee, DBC; Chai, Communication Committee, CDR; Chair, Area Coordinating Committee, COE; Chair, COE, and member of Resource for Education Programs Committee; Honors Committee; CDR, Licensure Panel and Ethical Practices Task Force; CDR; House of Delegates and Board of Directors.
He is the author of more than 500 articles, numerous CPE home-study programs, several popular books, and the free monthly eNewsletter "Read and Grow Rich" written specifically for savvy dietetics practitioners like YOU!
Subscribe now at www.easyCPEcredits.com–you'll be glad you did!


Special thanks to the following individuals for their careful review of this program:

Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, LD, CNSC
Clinical Dietitian II
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, D.C

Lauren Manganiello, MS, RD, CDN
Clinical Dietitian
NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY

Kris M. Mogensen, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Team Leader Dietitian
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Return to the top of page

If you prefer to order by phone, mail or fax click below

Order Form

or click here to contact us with other questions.

For information about our other products and services return to the sidebar at the top of the page.