Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out [NOOK Book]

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"The tough-minded and revealing story of a leading doctor's crusade against medical harm...Fascinating reading." -Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto.

First, do no harm. Doctors, nurses, and clinicians swear by this code of conduct. Yet, medical errors are made every single day-avoidable mistakes that often cost lives. Inspired by two such mistakes, Dr. Peter ...
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Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out

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Overview

"The tough-minded and revealing story of a leading doctor's crusade against medical harm...Fascinating reading." -Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto.

First, do no harm. Doctors, nurses, and clinicians swear by this code of conduct. Yet, medical errors are made every single day-avoidable mistakes that often cost lives. Inspired by two such mistakes, Dr. Peter Pronovost made it his personal mission to improve patient safety and make preventable deaths a thing of the past, one hospital at a time.

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals shows how Dr. Pronovost started a revolution by creating a simple checklist that standardized a common ICU procedure. His reforms are being implemented in all fifty states and have saved hundreds of lives by cutting hospital-acquired infection rates by 70%. Atul Gawande profiled Dr. Pronovost's reforms in a New Yorker article and his bestselling book The Checklist Manifesto is based upon Dr. Pronovost's success in patient safety. But Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals is the real story: an inspiring, thought-provoking, accessible insider's narrative about how doctors and nurses are improving patient care for all Americans, today.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101185278
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/18/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 791,664
  • File size: 453 KB

Meet the Author

PETER PRONOVOST, Ph.D, M.D., is a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serves as medical director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care.
ERIC VOHR was formerly the assistant director of media relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and he teaches technical writing at Johns Hopkins University.
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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals is a story of how one doctor is empowering the nation.

    Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the John's Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2008, Pronovost was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. He was named one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" for his work in patient safety. Peter is a leading innovator in patient safety internationally.

    Dr. Pronovost became aware of hospital errors during his first year of medical school when his father suffered and died needlessly of a cancer misdiagnosis. After the death of his father, Peter had a different vision on health care. As a young doctor, he vowed to improve quality of care and patient safety in the health care system.

    Pronovost began his personal mission to make patients safer and eliminate preventable deaths with a simple, five-step checklist. The implementation of his checklist at Hopkins nearly eliminated infections patients often die from.

    But Dr. Pronovost learned early in his research at Hopkins that a simple checklist on paper, alone will not change health care. He discovered an appalling truth about the working environment between physicians and nurses. In his book, Peter shares stories of this often toxic and abusive culture that demoralizes clinicians and harms patients. Though the checklist is an important tool, Pronovost realizes the need to create a culture of respect and acknowledgement between members of the health care team. Pronovost produced a structured model, called the comprehensive unit-based safety program as a component of his program to successfully create a change in culture.

    Dr. Pronovost's book shows how one person with a cause really can make a difference in the lives of patients; and clinicians. His program provides the tools needed to measure the science of patient safety and quality care. Pronovosts' program has nearly eliminated infections, not just at Hopkins, but throughout the entire state of Michigan. He is now spreading the program to every hospital in the United States.

    In Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals, Dr. Pronovost shares his own experiences and anecdotal stories from his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and other hospitals that have made his approach their own. Heart-rending, inspiring and thought provoking, this book is a perfect balance between his personal mission and science. The book is a source of guidance for clinicians but also opens the doors to the hidden conversations of medical errors for patients, family members and consumers.

    What comes across clearly is the vitality of Peter's work. It captures his intensity and illuminates his affection toward making the world a better place.

    I commend Dr. Pronovost for providing health care workers a new energy, empowerment and hope for keeping our patients safe. And for sharing his compassion as a senior physician and patient advocate. Also for providing an influential power to gain the attention of health care leaders and show how success happens from working inside out.

    If Safer Patients, Smarter Hospitals could be a mandatory training tool for all health care workers and leaders, it would accelerate the much-needed culture change, save thousands of patient lives and millions of dollars.

    Now is the time that the nation must address poor quality care. Now is the time to improve our culture of safety and eliminate harm to our patients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    wonderful read!

    I enjoyed this book so much. I just picked it up in the B&N by me, and I can't put it down! I had a terrible experience in a hospital when I was going through labor, so I was attracted to the title. What I found between the covers was a surprise--a very compelling narrative about a crusading doctor trying to keep patients safe. Dr. Pronovost is truly an inspiration, and this book is fabulous. It moves along quickly with fascinating anecdotes and a fast-paced, accessible style. A warning though: some of the stories are tear-jerkers. I definitely went and hugged my little girl after the first chapter! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever been a patient or knows someone who has--that's pretty much everyone.

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