Reviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This book on preventing sentinel events in healthcare settings focuses on the events that are subject to review by the Joint Commission.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss specific sentinel events and the root cause analysis that is used to examine the cause of the event. These steps are critical and essential for providing safe patient care and this book clearly meets the editor's purpose.
Audience: It is written for nurses working in all healthcare settings and in all specialties. The editor clearly states that the nurse is not responsible for all events, but plays an important role in prevention.
Features: Sentinel events are defined and discussed in the first chapter. The occurrence of each category and use of root cause analysis to determine cause is expanded upon. Chapters two through 11 discuss sentinel events and the role of the nurse in preventing each event. Tables detail occurrences and changes over time. Case studies help illustrate specific points.
Assessment: This second edition reflects any changes in standards. I strongly recommend this book for all practicing nurses in healthcare settings to maintain patient safety.