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Everything you need to deliver safe patient care or to improve patient safety in your organization Understanding Patient Safety is the essential book for anyone seeking to learn the key clinical, organizational, and systems issues in patient safety. Written in a lively and accessible style by one of the world's leaders in the fields of patient safety and quality, Understanding Patient Safety is filled with valuable cases and analyses, as well as up-to-date tables, graphics, references and tools - all designed to introduce the patient safety field to medical, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration and other trainees, and to be the go-to book for experienced clinicians and non-clinicians alike. Features: Concise coverage of the core principles of patient safety All the key insights to help you understand and prevent a broad range of errors: including medication errors, surgical errors, diagnostic errors, errors at the man-machine interface, and nursing-related errors A focus on how reporting systems, teamwork training, simulation, the malpractice system, and information technology can impact patient safety and quality A practical overview on how to implement an effective safety program in both hospital and ambulatory settings Realistic case studies that illustrate key points and clarify pivotal concepts A detailed glossary, key references, and useful tools, websites, tables, and graphics
Robert Wachter, MD Is Associate Chair of Medicine UCSF School of Medicine
Dr Wachter, Professor and Associate Chairman of the UCSF Department of Medicine, is one of the world’s leaders in improving the quality and safety of health care. He wrote a bestselling book on medical errors ("Internal Bleeding"), edits the U.S. Government's two leading patient safety websites, and has received the nation's top award for his work in safety and quality. He also coined the term "hospitalist" and is the unquestioned leader of that field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to Patient Safety and Medical Errors
The Nature and Frequency of Medical Errors and Adverse Events
Basic Principles of Patient Safety
Safety Versus Quality
Types of Medical Errors
Human Factors and Errors at the Person-Machine Interface
Transition and Handoff Errors
Teamwork and Communication Errors
Other Complications of Healthcare
Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Setting
Reporting Systems, Incident Investigations, and Other Methods of Understanding Safety Issues
Creating a Culture of Safety
The Malpractice System
Laws and Regulations
The Role of Patients
Organizing a Safety Program
Key Books, Reports, Series, and Web Sites on Patient Safety
Glossary of Selected Terms in Patient Safety
Selected Milestones in the Field of Patient Safety
The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals (Hospital Version, 2007)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs)
The National Quality Forum's List of 28 "Never Events"
Things Patients and Families Can Do, and Questions They Can Ask, to Improve Their Chances of Remaining Safe in the Hospital
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