3rd edition. — McGraw-Hill Education / Medical, 2018. — 530 p. — ISBN 9781259860249Medical errors are the unfortunate byproduct of an increasingly complex healthcare system. Now more than ever, keeping patients safe takes well-trained caregivers, relevant insights from a range of industries, additional investment—and a groundbreaking text like Understanding Patient Safety.Understanding Patient Safety is “must read” for those seeking to master the clinical, organizational, and systems issues of patient safety. In this bestselling primer, patient safety pioneer Robert Wachter and Kiran Gupta put all the essential tools and principles at your fingertips. Engaging and accessible, the book is filled with high-yield cases, analyses, tables, graphics, along with key points and references—all designed to help you optimize quality and safety.Understanding Patient Safety begins with an introduction to patient safety and medical errors. Its second section surveys specific types of medical errors, including those related to surgery, medications, diagnosis, transition and handoff, and infections. The third section covers proven solutions, from establishing reporting systems, to creating a culture of safety. The third edition reflects pivotal new developments in the field, including major updates in diagnostic errors, information technology and patient safety, ambulatory safety, and clinician burnout.An Introduction to Patient Safety and Medical Errors The Nature and Frequency Of Medical Errors and Adverse Events Basic Principles of Patient Safety Safety, Quality, and Value Types of Medical Errors Medication Errors Surgical Errors Diagnostic Errors Human Factors and Errors at the Person–Machine Interface Transition and Handoff Errors Teamwork and Communication Errors Healthcare-Associated Infections Other Complications of Healthcare Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Setting Solutions Information Technology Reporting Systems, Root Cause Analysis, and Other Methods of Understanding Safety Issues Creating a culture of safety Workforce Issues Education and Training Issues The Malpractice System Accountability Accreditation and Regulations The Role of Patients Organizing a Safety Program
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