- Year: 2007
- Page Number: 240
- File Type: PDF
- File Size: 2.89 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Robert Wachter
This easy-to-read book provides an excellent overview of the patient safety movement in the United States….The author has written a useful book for the professional who needs a foundation in patient safety principles and theory. The book also provides a multitude of resources for the professional interested in gaining a more in-depth knowledge of the strategies and proponents of the patient safety movement.–Journal for Healthcare Quality
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.
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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⭐ I’ve read scientific papers in University that reviewed patient safety and more specifically anesthesiologist errors.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.
⭐ After the Institute of Medicine released it’s landmark report in 1999, “To err is Human”, a slew of books were written on the subject of patient safety. “Understanding Patient Safety” is a superior publication than others on this topic because of the way it defines the problem of medical errors, illustrates the cause of errors, and explains to the reader how to create a safer patient environment. It is very concise and respects the reader’s time and the information is well-organized. I have an extremely limited clinical background, but I was still able to grasp the majority of the author’s ideas. The big idea here is that healthcare executives need to focus on creating a “culture of patient safety” in their organizations.
⭐ Having been exposed to Patient Safety/Quality initiatives in the past year (finishing my MS in nursing) I cannot recommend this book enough. It is clearly written. It is comprehensive in dealing with all the areas that those in pt safety are focusing on. Wachter uses great and shocking examples of real cases to illustrate his points. His research analysis and findings of the current research are “spot on.” This is a “must read” for everyone: patients, health care workers, emerging health care managers, and prospective scientists in the area of health care safety/quality.
⭐ Wachter has covered a complex topic with great clarity and fine style. The book is organised logically to allow the reader to follow from start to finish or “drop in” on a topic of interest. The interliniking of chapters and ideas is well constructed through example and cross reference – again aiding a rapid uptake of the knowledge sought.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.
⭐ As the science of Patient Safety continues to grow and we are searching for the “manual” to patient safety principles and examples, I am delighted to discover this new book, Understanding Patient Safety by Robert Wachter. 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!
⭐ If “Internal Bleeding” was an inspiring book; this is a comprehensive, modern, didactic, updated and most of all, very useful “text book”.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.
⭐ Me pareció una muy buena revisión del estado actual del tema de seguridad del paciente en el mundo.lo recomiendo
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