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“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
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The Essentials of Patient Safety. Charles Vincent 2011
This short introduction is taken from my book Patient Safety (2nd edition, 2010). My aim has been to make the essentials of patient safety available to everyone. The topics addressed include the evolution of patient safety; the research that underpins the area, understanding how things go wrong, and the practical action needed to reduce error and harm and, when harm does occur, to help those involved. The main book covers these topics in more depth and a number of additional topics such as measurement, safety culture, design, safety campaigns and safe organisations.
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The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety
There is now widespread acceptance and awareness of the problem of medical harm, and considerable efforts have been made to improve the safety of healthcare. But if we ask whether patients are any safer than they were 10 years ago, the answer is curiously elusive. Drawing upon evidence from a range of sources, a framework that brings together a number of conceptual and technical facets of safety is proposed.
Authors: Charles Vincent, Susan Burnett & Jane Carthey
The Safer Patients Initiative
The Safer Patients Initiative (SPI) was a large-scale intervention and the first major improvement programme addressing patient safety in the UK. The Health Foundation began the initiative to test ways of improving patient safety on an organisation-wide basis within hospitals across the UK. The programme increased awareness of avoidable harm, raised the profile of patient safety and helped provide the foundations for a wider safety movement, aimed at building and implementing safety improvement knowledge and skills.
How Safe are Clinical Systems?
The knowledge that poor systems can cause harm is not new, but the size of this problem has not been established systematically. This report provides groundbreaking evidence of the extent to which important clinical systems and processes fail, and the potential these failings have to harm patients.
Susan Burnett, Matthew Cooke, Vashist Deelchand, Bryony Dean Franklin, Alison Holmes, Krishna Moorthy, Emmanuelle Savarit, Mark-Alexander Sujan, Amit Vats, Charles Vincent