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From The CriticsReviewer: Henry S. Park, M.D. (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital)
Description: This update of an overview of patient safety and medical errors (medication, surgical, diagnostic, handoff, teamwork, and communication errors) spends the majority of its pages reviewing strategies to improve the current state of patient safety efforts. The first edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: As in the first edition, the author aims to teach the key principles of patient safety to a diverse interprofessional healthcare audience. This update is necessary to keep current with the numerous advances in patient safety since the 2008 edition. The author successfully achieves his ambitious goal.
Audience: The book is written for a diverse audience that includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospital administrators, quality and safety professionals, and risk managers at all levels, from students to experienced practitioners to nonclinical hospital board members. The author is chief of hospitalist medicine and associate chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and serves as editor of the AHRQ WebM&M and Patient Safety Network. Beyond his clinical expertise, the author is recognized as a patient safety leader and advocate.
Features: The first of the book's three sections is an introduction to patient safety (chapters 1-3); section II reviews types of medical errors (chapters 4-12); and section III culminates with an overview of solutions and strategies (chapters 13-22). The key points at the end of each chapter summarize the highlights. There are many new tables and figures in this edition which are in color (the first edition contained images primarily in black and white). This edition also provides more than twice the number of references as the first edition. A shortcoming is that only one chapter out of 22 specifically addresses patient safety in the ambulatory setting, although many of the safety strategies can be applied to both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Assessment: This is an outstanding addition to the field of patient safety and will be adopted as the text of choice for students and leaders in healthcare. This second edition provides a comprehensive overview of the significant updates in the field since the first edition.