Understanding Patient Safety [NOOK Book]


Everything you need to deliver safe patient care or to improve patient safety in your organization

Understanding Patient Safety is the essential book for anyone seeking to learn the key clinical, organizational, and systems issues in patient safety. Written in a lively and accessible style by one of the world's leaders in the fields of patient safety and quality, Understanding Patient Safety is filled with ...

See more details below
Understanding Patient Safety

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$43.00 List Price


Everything you need to deliver safe patient care or to improve patient safety in your organization

Understanding Patient Safety is the essential book for anyone seeking to learn the key clinical, organizational, and systems issues in patient safety. Written in a lively and accessible style by one of the world's leaders in the fields of patient safety and quality, Understanding Patient Safety is filled with valuable cases and analyses, as well as up-to-date tables, graphics, references and tools - all designed to introduce the patient safety field to medical, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration and other trainees, and to be the go-to book for experienced clinicians and non-clinicians alike.


  • Concise coverage of the core principles of patient safety

  • All the key insights to help you understand and prevent a broad range of errors: including medication errors, surgical errors, diagnostic errors, errors at the man-machine interface, and nursing-related errors

  • A focus on how reporting systems, teamwork training, simulation, the malpractice system, and information technology can impact patient safety and quality

  • A practical overview on how to implement an effective safety program in both hospital and ambulatory settings

  • Realistic case studies that illustrate key points and clarify pivotal concepts

  • A detailed glossary, key references, and useful tools, websites, tables, and graphics

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071594332
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Series: LANGE Clinical Medicine
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Wachter, MD

Is Associate Chair of Medicine

UCSF School of Medicine

Dr Wachter, Professor and Associate Chairman of the UCSF Department of Medicine, is one of the world’s leaders in improving the quality and safety of health care. He wrote a bestselling book on medical errors ("Internal Bleeding"), edits the U.S. Government's two leading patient safety websites, and has received the nation's top award for his work in safety and quality. He also coined the term "hospitalist" and is the unquestioned leader of that field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of American medicine.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. The Epidemiology of Medical Error

2. Safety versus Quality

3. The Systems Approach to Safety

4. Understanding and Preventing Medication Errors

5. Understanding and Preventing Surgery Errors

6. Understanding and Preventing Diagnostic Errors

7. Understanding and Preventing Errors at the Patient-Machine Interface

8. Understanding and Preventing Handoff and Communication Errors

9. Understanding and Preventing Nosocomial Infections

10. Understanding and Preventing Nursing-related Medical Errors

11. Understanding Computerization and Bar Coding

12. Understanding Reporting Systems

13. Understanding Culture Change

14. Understanding Workforce Issues

15. Implementing an Effective Safety Program

16. Glossary

17. Teacher’s Guide
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)