Prevention is Better than Cure: Learning from Adverse Events in Healthcare

Ian Leistikow

March 6, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 118 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138197763 - CAT# K31307


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  • uses 'real-life' examples to explain how adverse events can occur
  • develops the theme that behavior is the current weakest link in patient safety
  • shows the reader how to identify unsafe behaviors, lifting the taboo that prevents discussion around this theme and providing improvement possibilities
  • based on 15 years' practical experience in patient safety
  • accessible and interesting 
  • Summary

    Adverse events occur in healthcare with worrying and surprising frequency and, of these, a substantial portion are preventable. This highly-readable book, translated and update from the original Dutch edition, presents 15 model case studies which have been carefully designed to explore common themes in medical errors and offer learnings from those events that will guide practice to prevent similar tragedies unfolding in future. Using 15 years of experience working in patient safety, the author makes concrete recommendations around assessment, attitude and performance, and provides a concise and accessible methodology for working safely.


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