Errors, Medicine and the Law

Errors, Medicine and the Law

by Alan Merry, Alexander McCall Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521000882

ISBN-13: 9780521000888

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Untoward injuries are unacceptably common in medical treatment, at times with tragic consequences for patients. The phrases ‘an epidemic of error’ and ‘the medical toll’ have been coined to describe this problem of ‘iatrogenic harm’, which it has been suggested may have contributed to 98,000 deaths per year in the US. Some of these incidents are the result of…  See more details below

Overview

Untoward injuries are unacceptably common in medical treatment, at times with tragic consequences for patients. The phrases ‘an epidemic of error’ and ‘the medical toll’ have been coined to describe this problem of ‘iatrogenic harm’, which it has been suggested may have contributed to 98,000 deaths per year in the US. Some of these incidents are the result of negligence on the part of doctors, but more usually they are no more than inevitable concomitants of the complexity of modern healthcare. This book is fundamentally about distinguishing the former from the latter. Although medicine is used as the book’s primary example, the points made apply equally to aviation, industrial activities, and many other fields of human endeavour. The book advocates a more informed alternative to the blaming culture which has increasingly come to dominate our response to accidents, whether in the medical field or elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521000888
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Accidents6
2The human factor41
3Errors72
4Violations98
5Negligence, recklessness and blame127
6The standard of care152
7Assessing the standard - the role of the expert witness176
8Beyond blame: responding to the needs of the injured204
Conclusion241
Index249

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