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Understanding Patient Safety [electronic resource]

Robert M. Wachter
EBook; Book; Online
[New York] : McGraw-Hill, [2012]
2nd ed
9780071765787, 0071765786
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Understanding patient safety, second edition is the essential book for anyone seeking to learn the core clinical, organizational, and systems issues of patient safety. Written in an engaging and accessible style by one of the world's leading authorities on patient safety and quality, Understanding Patient Safety is filled with valuable cases and analyses, as well as tables, graphics, references, and tools. This classic reference is designed to make the patient safety field understandable to medical, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and other trainees, and to be the go-to book for experienced clinicians and non-clinicians alike. The second edition has been revised to include coverage of the latest issues and trends, including information technology, measurements of safety, errors, and harm, checklist-based interventions, safety targets, policy issues in patient safety, and balancing "no blame" and accountability. Understanding patient safety, second edition, delivers key insights to help you understand and prevent a broad range of errors, including those related to medications, surgery, diagnosis, infections, and nursing care. The crucial contextual issues -- including errors at the person-machine interface, the role of culture, patient engagement in their own safety, and workforce and trainee considerations, are also well covered. Finally, the book provides a practical overview of how to organize an effective safety program.
  • An introduction to patient safety and medical errors
  • The nature and frequency of medical errors and adverse events
  • Basic principles of patient safety
  • Safety, quality, and value
  • Types of medical errors
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Human factors and errors at the person-machine interface
  • Transition and handoff errors
  • Teamwork and communication errors
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Other complications of healthcare
  • Patient safety in the ambulatory setting
  • Solutions
  • Information technology
  • Reporting systems, root cause analysis, and other methods of understanding safety issues
  • Creating a culture of safety
  • Workforce issues
  • Education and training issues
  • The malpractice system
  • Accountability
  • Accreditation and regulations
  • The role of patients
  • Organizing a safety program
  • Conclusion.
1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Includes bibliographical references.
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