Implementing Patient Safety: Addressing Culture, Conditions, and Values to Help People Work Safely, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Implementing Patient Safety

Addressing Culture, Conditions, and Values to Help People Work Safely, 1st Edition

By Suzette Woodward

Productivity Press

264 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Description

Over the last fifteen years across the globe we have seen a multitude of improvement programs and projects to improve the safety of patient care in healthcare. However the full potential of these efforts and especially those that seek to address an entire system has not yet been reached. Most of the current approaches are top down, programmatic and target driven. In terms of changing behavior and practice as well as processes and systems, different thinking is needed.

We have tended to focus on problems in isolation, one harm at a time and our efforts have been simplistic and myopic. If we are to save more lives and significantly reduce patient harm, we need to adopt a holistic, systematic approach that extends across cultural, technological and procedural boundaries. Those who work in patient safety are struggling and to date books on patient safety instruct the reader to continue doing the same things we have been doing for the last fifteen years. Their ability to improve the safety of patient care has been eroded by the complexity of the way in which we work and their own exhaustion. People have become polarized, overwhelmed, isolated and withdrawn and frustrated at the increasing number of problems that confront them and the impotence to resolve even the simplest ones.

This book builds on the book, Rethinking Patient Safety. The first book talked about the ways in which we need to rethink patient safety in healthcare and what we’ve learned over the last two decades. This book talks about what we can do differently. How we can use these lessons to improve the way in which we implement patient safety initiatives and how we can implement a safety culture across a healthcare system. This is the ‘how-to’ book to implementing patient safety.

This book updates readers on the unique knowledge and experience gained over the last three years of the Sign Up to Safety campaign which brings together the science of implementation, social movement thinking and campaigning and how these are all being used to make a real difference to the safety of patient care.

Table of Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. FOREWORD. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. PART ONE: CREATE A BALANCED APPROACH TO SAFETY. PART TWO: TURN THE THEORY INTO PRACTICE. PART THREE: URGENTLY TACKLE THE CULTURE OF BLAME. PART FOUR: CARE FOR THE PEOPLE THAT CARE. PART FIVE: PLANT TREES YOU WILL NEVER SEE. REFERENCES.

About the Author

Dr. Suzette Woodward, DProf, MSc, PGDMS, RSCN, RGN is an internationally respected patient safety expert who has a background in paediatric intensive care nursing. She’s worked for 35 years in the NHS, the last fifteen years at a national level in Patient Safety. She earned a Doctorate in Patient Safety which won the prize of the year and build upon the knowledge gained in an MSc in Clinical Risk. Her current role is National Director of Sign Up to Safety campaign; leading on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health in England. At an international level, she has worked with WHO and health ministries across the world. She has been named as one of the top 50 inspirational women in the NHS in 2013; top 50 nursing leader in 2014 and top clinical leader in the NHS in 2015. Previously she was the Executive Director of Safety, Learning and People at the NHS Litigation Authority. Prior to that she was the Director of Patient Safety at the NHS Commissioning Board.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS053000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUS087000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
MED043000
MEDICAL / Hospital Administration & Care