A difficult and recalcitrant phenomenon, medical error causes pervasive and expensive problems in terms of patient injury, ineffective treatment, and rising healthcare costs. Simple heightened awareness can help, but it requires organized, effective remedies and countermeasures that are reasonable, acceptable, and adaptable to see a truly significant drop in the intolerable rate of medical mistakes. Only with better understanding, knowledge, and directed techniques can there be rapid and marked improvement in medical error management discipline.
Since medical error is situation specific and involves diverse variables in equipment, environment, and human performance, the correct choice of preventive and corrective techniques is critical. Providing a wealth of useful ideas, concepts, and techniques, Medical Error and Patient Safety: Human Factors in Medicine uses abroad perspective to present more than 500 remedies that can be applied and tailored to your unique circumstances. This detailed review of so many measures enables you to correctly identify needs and undertake appropriate actions to achieve a success that can be measured in avoided injuries, improved healthcare, and reduced cost.
Thought provoking and useful, this book considers the potential for error and the possibility for improvement in every aspect of healthcare. After an introduction to general concepts and approaches, it examines vulnerabilities in medical services, including emergency services, healthcare facilities, and infection control. It covers risks in medical devices and product design; human factors such as fatigue and stress; management errors; errors in communication at all levels of the healthcare hierarchy; as well as mistakes in drug delivery including faulty labels and warnings. The authors also compare and contrast several analytical methods, their interpretation, and their translation into a plan of action.
“This book authored by George A. Peters and Barbara J. Peters is a useful resource for any patient, attorney or physician who wishes to understand the potential for error as well as improvement in the current state of healthcare in America. This resource identifies the vulnerable areas of our healthcare system as well as the tragic outcomes of such vulnerabilities.
“Not only does this resource cover areas of risk via current medical devices, but it also identifies risks related to human factors, health care management, health care communication among providers, as well as frequent error in medication/drug delivery.
“Finally, these authors present remedies for such errors and objectives for current healthcare patient safety.
“This is an excellent resource for any health care provider, patient or attorney representing the patient’s best interest related to health care in America.
— Janabeth Fleming Taylor, R.N., R.N.C., - ATLA Paralegal of the Year 2002; Attorney's Medical Services, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas
Time to Rebuild
A New Meaning for Error
Management of Error
Handovers and Interactions
Health Care Facilities
Limitations of Service
Human Error Control
Post Control Measures
Government and Industry Reviews
Reduction and Integration
Drug Altered Behavior
Human Factors Experts
Scope of Activities
Illustrative Error Sources
Security and Counterfeiting
Networking and Privacy Protection
Marks of Approval
Selected Standards and Regulations
References and Recommended Reading