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Understanding Patient Safety, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071765787
ISBN-10: 0071765786
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About 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. For the past six years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him as one of the 50 most influential physicians in the United States. He is immediate past-chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine and writes a popular and influential blog, "Wachter's World."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 2 edition (May 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is extremely well written, engrossing, engaging, and comprehensive. It covers all the important topics, but unlike most textbooks it's hard to put it down once you get started. The book is also up to the minute, with some of the most talked-about new studies incorporated into the text. One powerful element is the inclusion of patient stories at the beginning of each chapter, which alone transforms this from a dry textbook plow-through experience into a gripping read that will change the way you think about health care delivery. And look out for the zingers. Did you know Alfred Hitchcock may have something to teach us about how we measure patient safety?

Patient safety is a highly complex topic and fairly new to academia, so it's great to have a guide like this to sort out the key issues, categorize the research, and (through the patient and clinician stories) really understand the enormity of what's at stake.
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This book breaks down the topic of patient safety into easy reading chapters that are very comprehensive in dealing with the subject matter. Each chapter ends with a review of important points which is helpful in recalling the material. The tables and figures within the book are well designed and complement the material. Particularly useful are the references at the end of each chapter and the appendices at the end of the book. Anyone with a little knowledge of medical terminology will be able to understand the examples given in the book. Well done.
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Dr. Bob Wachter, one of this nation's leading thinkers in the patient safety space, has nailed it with this new second edition of his "Understanding Patient Safety." He has managed to synthesize what we do know, what we don't know and what we need know about how to make health care a high reliability industry - as opposed to a cottage industry, which is what it is today. His writing is lucid and well referenced. Unfortunately, patient harm in health care continues today, but careful attention by health care providers to the basic tenets of what Dr. Wachter writes about here, will help save countless lives. I read the book and immediately gave it to my daughter, a third year medical student and avowed patient safety zealot, as a critical read during her ongoing clerkships and future career. I highly recommend the new edition as required reading for all health care professionals. But perhaps equally important, from the patient perspective, it would be a great idea to familiarize yourself with the concepts in this book. It could mean the difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome. Kudos Dr. Wachter.
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This is a really fantastic book for anyone interested in patient safety. Wachter breaks down a wideranging field into 22 topic-driven chapters and opens each with a real case that illustrates the issues to be discussed. The book is readable and includes many useful charts and graphs. Highly recommended.
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"Understanding Patient Safety" is the best primer on patient safety currently available. I highly recommend this text -- as a patient safety researcher, as a medical educator, and as a clinican leader. For someone new to the patient safety field, this text is perfect. It is very well written with lots of good illustrations and comprehensive coverage of all the key topics. It is substantive but not overly technical. There are excellent references at the end of each chapter. For someone tasked with teaching others about patient safety, this book is 'gold'. The text provides a wonderful 'map' to the field of patient safety -- highlighting, summarizing, and exploring all the key topics. The book would serve as an excellent text for introductory courses at undergraduate programs, medical schools, schools of public health, and patient safety institutes. Finally, the expert will find the text incredibly useful as a way to quickly brush up on those topics that are less familiar. This is a 'must have' for anyone in the patient safety field!
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I frequently read amazon reviews, now is my time to give back.

This book is hands down the most readable book on patient safety. It is elegant (i.e. simple) in its presentation and each chapter can be read with students to allow consumption of the materials over time. I have spent the last 16 years of my career working in medical informatics and I find the content to be of high value and balanced, even the sections on health information technology. Dr. Wachter does a nice job of filtering to references of high quality to guide deeper reading.

I think this should be required reading for all medical students.

Todd Rowland MD
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I read Wachter's 1st ediition several years ago and it was excellent. This edition is even better. There is new and expanded content, yet the book is still efficient and highly engaging. This book is oustanding for basic and intermediate level patient safety learners.
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Still written easy to read, reads more like a story than a textbook. Sometimes not enough detail is included to feel satisfactory for a topic but as an introduction covers the important topics as a general initial survey text
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