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Patient Safety
     

Patient Safety

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by Charles Vincent
 

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When you are ready to implement measures to improve patient safety, this is the book to consult. Charles Vincent, one of the world's pioneers in patient safety, discusses each and every aspect clearly and compellingly. He reviews the evidence of risks and harms to patients, and he provides practical guidance on implementing safer practices in health care.

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When you are ready to implement measures to improve patient safety, this is the book to consult. Charles Vincent, one of the world's pioneers in patient safety, discusses each and every aspect clearly and compellingly. He reviews the evidence of risks and harms to patients, and he provides practical guidance on implementing safer practices in health care.

The second edition puts greater emphasis on this practical side. Examples of team based initiatives show how patient safety can be improved by changing practices, both cultural and technological, throughout whole organisations. Not only does this benefit patients; it also impacts positively on health care delivery, with consequent savings in the economy.

Patient Safety has been praised as a gateway to understanding the subject. This second edition is more than that – it is a revelation of the pervading influence of health care errors, and a guide to how these can be overcome.

"... The beauty of this book is that it describes the complexity of patient safety in a simple coherent way and captures the breadth of issues that encompass this fascinating field.  The author provides numerous ways in which the reader can take this subject further with links to the international world of patient safety and evidence based research... One of the most difficult aspects of patient safety is that of implementation of safer practices and sustained change.  Charles Vincent, through this book, provides all who read it clear examples to help with these challenges" From a review in Hospital Medicine by Dr Suzette Woodward, Director of Patient Safety.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Henry S. Park, M.D.(James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital)
Description: This book may be divided into two main parts. The first part examines the history and evolution of the field of patient safety, the methods of understanding error and adverse events, why and how errors and accidents happen, and the impact of errors and harm on the people involved, including the healthcare providers. The second part reviews practices and interventions designed to reduce error and the components of building a culture of safety within a high-performing healthcare system. The prior edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The main purposes are to convince readers that patient safety is the foundation of healthcare quality and outstanding patient care; provide a comprehensive and clear overview of the field of patient safety; demonstrate that many of the important topics in patient safety are being studied in other disciplines, such as cognitive psychology and ergonomics; and explain the challenges and difficulties of solving patient safety issues within the framework of a complex healthcare system. These ambitious objectives are met by the author.
Audience: Written for a broad audience that includes students, residents, and practitioners, the book is most appropriate for those practicing in a hospital setting (surgery, anesthesia, and internal and emergency medicine). The author is an internationally recognized expert in the field of patient safety.
Features: The book covers the history of patient safety and how safety is but one dimension of quality, albeit the "first dimension of quality." It reviews the reporting systems for healthcare hazards and how safety is measured. The book emphasizes the inevitability of human error and the overriding importance of systems thinking. Subsequent chapters focus on caring for the patients, their families, and staff after incidents of patient harm. Later chapters review process improvements and clinical interventions and technology designed for improved patient safety. Creating a culture of patient safety especially in the setting of teams will help lead healthcare systems to become "high reliability organizations." I found the chapter on creating a culture of safety (chapter 14) educational, yet humbling, as we in healthcare strive to form high reliability organizations. In the journey to becoming a safer organization, we have realized the importance of systems and patient safety, but we have so much more to learn in terms of better teamwork and communication (chapter 18) and delivering patient-centered care (chapter 15). The best features of the book are the boxes, figures, and tables that highlight crucial information. The in-depth reviews of actual cases are outstanding. The chapter references are excellent, current, and relevant. There are a few shortcomings — the lack of color in the charts and graphs and lack of clinically relevant images or photographs. The text font could have been slightly larger for better readability.
Assessment: This book is a tremendous asset in advancing the field of patient safety. It is well-referenced and current and provides a comprehensive yet very readable summary of patient safety. It will serve well anyone who is involved in patient care. In describing this book, the words, "expert", "indispensable", and "worthwhile" come to mind. This is a significant update of the previous edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444348071
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
File size:
9 MB

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"The first edition was superb. This sounds even better."
Lucian Leape, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard University

"This is the one book on patient safety I would take to my desert island to ensure that the health service delivered to me there, by whatever means, minimised the risk of error and harm."
Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer to the NHS

"The beauty of Vincent's book is the unique insight given on the subject by the foremost researcher on patient safety in the UK."
Aneez Esmail, Professor of General Practice, University of Manchester

"Patient Safety by Charles Vincent is a wise, balanced, insightful and motivating overview. I should have read it earlier"
Phil Hammond, Author of Trust me I'm still a doctor

Meet the Author

Charles Vincent, Professor of Clinical Safety Research
Imperial College London
Director National Institute for Health Research Centre for Patient Safety and Service
Quality, Imperial College Healthcare Trust

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