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Overview

Gain a thorough understanding of the key principles of patient safety with the subject's pioneer text — Now in full color

"This highly readable yet comprehensive book will appeal to every member of the healthcare team. It is a must for every physician's bookshelf."

— Abraham Verghese, MD, Professor, Stanford University and

author of the bestselling Cutting for Stone

"Bob Wachter's quest to improve the safety of American healthcare represents the very essence of a physician's duty to put the patient first. His unflinching candor about the nature and magnitude of our current safety problems is matched only by his passion for

improvement."

— Mark R. Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission

"Amazingly readable for such a wealth of important information. This book should be required reading for every health professional and every healthcare executive."

— Christine Cassel, MD, President and CEO, American Board of Internal Medicine

"In a single volume, Wachter accomplishes the seemingly impossible: furnishing the novice with a highly accessible, easy-to-read introduction to patient safety, while providing a comprehensive, fully annotated reference for the experienced patient safety practitioner. All of the important issues are addressed in individual chapters, each with a lively and relevant clinical example and a “key points” summary at the end bracketing full, balanced

and lucid descriptions. A true gem, destined to be a close companion for all of us who strive to make healthcare safe."

— Lucian Leape, MD, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health and Chair, Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation

"There's no more prominent authority on patient safety than Bob Wachter. And there's no more effective primer on patient safety than this one."

— Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, staff writer for the New Yorker, and bestselling author of Complications and The Checklist Manifesto

"Compelling: a must read for all concerned with patient safety. Bob Wachter has a unique voice, incorporating clinical experience, research expertise, and policy implications…all with the patient front and center."

— Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, Professor and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Understanding Patient Safety, Second Edition is the essential book for anyone seeking to learn the core clinical, organizational, and systems issues of patient safety. Written in an engaging and accessible style by one of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety and quality, Understanding Patient Safety is filled with valuable cases and analyses, as well as tables, graphics, references, and tools. This classic reference is designed to make the patient safety field understandable to medical, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and other trainees, and to be the go-to book for experienced clinicians and non-clinicians alike.

The second edition has been revised to include coverage of the latest issues and trends, including:

  • Information technology
  • Measurements of safety, errors, and harm
  • Checklist-based interventions
  • Safety targets
  • Policy issues in patient safety
  • Balancing “no blame” and accountability

Understanding Patient Safety, Second Edition delivers key insights to help you understand and prevent a

a broad range of errors, including those related to medications, surgery, diagnosis, infections, and nursing care. The crucial contextual issues — including errors at the person-machine interface, the role of culture, patient engagement in their own safety, and workforce and trainee considerations, are also well covered. Finally, the book provides a practical overview of how to organize an effective safety program, in both hospitals and clinics.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071482776
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/5/2007
  • Series: LANGE Clinical Medicine Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Wachter, MD

Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Wachter, author of more than 250 articles and six books, coined the term "hospitalist" in 1996 and is considered one of the world's leading experts on patient safety and healthcare quality. Still a practicing clinician, he edits the US federal government's two leading patient safety websites (which receive 3 million yearly visitors), co-authored the bestseller "Internal Bleeding," and is a recipient of the John M. Eisenberg award, the nation's leading honor in patient safety. He is also chair-elect of the American Board of Internal Medicine and writes a popular and influential blog, "Wachter's World."

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