Summary: Nearly 100,000 people die each year from medical errors in American hospitals. Tens of thousands more are injured. This comprehensive handbook on patient safety and risk management reflects the goals of many in the health care industry to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide. In the current climate of managed care, tight cost controls, limited resources, and the growing demand for health care services, conditions for errors are ripe.Edition/Copyright: 04
The ...show morePatient Safety Handbook offers practical guidance on implementing systems and processes to improve outcomes and advance patient safety. Covering the full spectrum of patient safety and risk reduction, it builds from the fundamentals of the science of safety, to a thorough discussion of operational issues and the actual application of the principles of research. Real-life case studies from prominent health care organizations and their leadership help you apply proven strategies to your patient safety program.
- Learn from other high-reliability industries--See how building a safe environment required leaders in the commercial airline, nuclear power, and automobile industries to challenge assumptions about their mission, core competencies, market, technology, and structures of their organizations' operations.
- Create a healing organizational culture--Strategies are presented for refocusing your organization's environment from a culture of blame to a culture of sustainable change and trust that welcomes error detection and reporting as an opportunity to improve patient care and patient safety.
- Understand why things go wrong--Learn what is gained through the investigation and analysis of clinical incidents, and benefit from the advice of noted experts as they present strategies for moving forward.
- Joint Commission Standards defined--An overview of the JCAHO standards for patient safety and medical/health care error reduction helps you to interpret what the standards mean for your organization and how to ensure that you are compliant.
- Utilize the concepts of epidemiology--Apply epidemiologic tools to augment your understanding of medical errors, and complement traditional case examination approaches.
- Lead your organization through teamwork--Nowhere will you find a more in-depth discussion of teams, teamwork, collaboration, and communication--essential skills necessary to coordinate and implement a highly-integrated, organization-wide safety program.
- Benefit from authoritative, hands-on guidance--Fulfill your commitment to improved patient safety, risk reduction, and renewed health care consumer confidence using the practical strategies outlined in this comprehensive reference.
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Year Published: 2004