The second edition puts greater emphasis on this practical side. Examples of team based initiatives show how patient safety can be improved by changing practices, both cultural and technological, throughout whole organisations. Not only does this benefit patients; it also impacts positively on health care delivery, with consequent savings in the economy.
Patient Safety has been praised as a gateway to understanding the subject. This second edition is more than that it is a revelation of the pervading influence of health care errors, and a guide to how these can be overcome.
Praise for the first edition
"The first edition was superb. This sounds even better."
Lucian Leape, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard University
"This is the one book on patient safety I would take to my desert island to ensure that the health service delivered to me there, by whatever means, minimised the risk of error and harm."
Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer to the NHS
"The beauty of Vincent's book is the unique insight given on the subject by the foremost researcher on patient safety in the UK."
Aneez Esmail, Professor of General Practice, University of Manchester
Titles of related interest
Hurwitz: Health Care Errors and Patient Safety, ISBN: 978–1–4051–4643–2
Sandars: ABC of Patient Safety, ISBN: 978–1–4051–5692–9
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The nature of the book.
Inspiration, acknowledgements and thanks.
SECTION ONE The Evolution of Patient Safety.
Chapter 1 Medical harm: a brief history.
Chapter 2 The emergence of patient safety.
Chapter 3 Integrating safety and quality.
SECTION TWO The Hazards of Healthcare.
Chapter 4 The nature and scale of error and harm.
Chapter 5 Reporting and learning systems.
Chapter 6 Measuring safety.
SECTION THREE From Accident Analysis to System Design.
Chapter 7 Human error and systems thinking.
Chapter 8 Understanding how things go wrong.
SECTION FOUR The Aftermath.
Chapter 9 Caring for patients harmed by treatment.
Chapter 10 Supporting staff after serious incidents.
SECTION FIVE Design, Technology and Standardization.
Chapter 11 Clinical interventions and process improvement.
Chapter 12 Design for patient safety.
Chapter 13 Using information technology to reduce error.
SECTION SIX People Create Safety.
Chapter 14 Creating a culture of safety.
Chapter 15 Patient involvement in patient safety.
Chapter 16 Procedures, violations and migrations.
Chapter 17 Safety skills.
Chapter 18 Teams create safety.
SECTION SEVEN The Journey to Safety.
Chapter 19 Safe organizations: bringing it all together.
Chapter 20 High performing healthcare systems.