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Understanding Patient Safety (LANGE Clinical Medicine) 1st Edition
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Robert Wachter, MD
Professor and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine
Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine
Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine
Chief of the Medical Service
University of California, San Francisco
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It's surprising how many errors occur - but the underlying reason most often is latent errors that happen to occur at the "sharp" end (those administering medication, monitoring, operating etc).
The book outlines the classic "swiss cheese" model and reminds us we are quick to blame the person that committed the error however, we need to look closer at the systemic or latent errors.
I've always had an interest in pursuing more human factors work in regard to patient safety and this was a great resource to remind me of various medical error sources.
I also recommend James Reasons "Human Error" for an indepth review of Human Error - slips, lapses, mistakes etc.
The careful examination of terminology that starts the book is very helpful to beginners but takes some concentration to understand. This section is helpfully supplemented by a glossary that probably should also be read early.
The examples used throughout the book are both elightening and frightening! Use of examples assists the reader to understand the complexity of safety issues whilst focussing on the current topic.
The writing style is clear and easy to understand. A minimum of medical terminology is needed and many specialist terms are explained along the way. I feel confident beginners and experienced staff will find this acceptable.
Wachter starts with definitions and the overall situation, leads us through common causes and issues and ends with recommendations for action.
Each chapter ends with a summary of key points that is a helpful adjunct to the main text.
International readers will also benefit from Wachters detailed coverage of the issues and examples from within the US as he manages to keep the discussion largely universal in its application.
Overall, I have found the book very helpful on getting my specialist area of interest, Clinical Engineering, and its role in Patient Safety into context. Highly recommended reading and for this reviewer an instant favourite.
Dr. Wachter has a vast understanding of the topic of patient safety and he speaks openly and honestly about those things within the medical arena that we need to fix to make the healthcare system safer for all of us. His writing style is easy to understand and he uses excellent examples to illustrate the key principles and keep the book interesting.
Similar to his writing in Internal Bleeding, he uses real life scenarios to illustrate how medical errors and near misses occur, without placing blame on those individuals involved. He focuses on the broken systems and encourages us all to find a way to fix the systems so that we can provide better, safer healthcare.
As a professional working in the field of Patient Safety, I highly recommend this book for everyone who works in the healthcare field and for anyone interested in understanding and protecting their loved ones from errors that might occur when using the healthcare system. I have even given a copy to my Mother!
Easy to read, with graphic examples, integrative tables and graphics, take home key points and smart design; this book attest Wachter's unique writing talent.
Seeking patient safety should become a proven clinical skill for every health care worker and, "Understanding Patient Safety" is an excellent starting point. Also anyone who is or will become a patient would profit with it's reading.
So useful for culture change, I wish there's soon a spanish version available.