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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405192216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405192217
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Therefore I believe that this book should be read byanyone involved in, or responsible for healthcare.  ( Bulletin Royal College of Path , 1 July 2011) This is a superb book. I can strongly recommend it to alldoctors, to medical students, to other clinical staff and tomanagers who have to try and make sense of the chaotic complexityof healthcare. The author′s expertise is demonstrated throughout,and his examples are drawn from UK, American, European healthcaresystems, with appropriate comparison across to other industrieswhere they are useful.   ( Dr.Nicholas P. G. Davies (Halifax, UK) posted January 1,2011) "This book is a tremendous asset in advancing the field ofpatient safety. The book is well–referenced and current andprovides a comprehensive yet very readable summary of patientsafety. It will serve well anyone who is involved in patient care.In describing this book, the words, "expert", "indispensable", and"worthwhile" come to mind. This is a significant update of theprevious edition." (Doody′s, 7 October 2011)  "The sections on designing out′ hospital acquiredinfection are helpful for infection control staff and architects.Prescribers and pharmacists benefit from seeing how IT can reducemedication errors". (ENT & Audiology News, 1 July 2011)"Thisbook is an outstanding comprehensive overview an summary of the keyissues relating to patient safety, as one might hope and expectfrom one of the leading international experts and researchers inthis field." (Casebook, 1 May 2011) "I would recommend this book to all occupational healthprofessionals working in health care, particularly those who sit onclinical risk, infection prevention control or health and safetycommittees." (Occupational Medicine, 4 June 2011) "This book is highly recommended or anyone in health care withan interest in patient safety. Every practitioner will getsomething from it." (The Association For Perioperative Practice, 1March 2011) "This book is directed to those involved in health care andpatient safety. It can be used in the classroom setting toillustrate human error and correction methods to provide a saferpatient experience. In the institutional setting, this text wouldbe a useful addition to the medical library, as well as personallibraries of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, or other health–careproviders interested in patient safety." (The Journal of Pharmacy Technology, 1 March 2011)"This book isessential reading for everyone in health care, but in particular itis a must read for those starting out, training to be the futuredoctors, nurses, managers and other health–care practitioners."(British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 1 January 2011)


"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 mydesert island to ensure that the health service delivered to methere, by whatever means, minimised the risk of error andharm."
Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer to the NHS

"The beauty of Vincent′s book is the unique insight given on thesubject by the foremost researcher on patient safety in theUK."
Aneez Esmail, Professor of General Practice,University of Manchester

"Patient Safety by Charles Vincent is a wise, balanced,insightful and motivating overview. I should have read itearlier"
Phil Hammond, Author of Trust me I′m still adoctor

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2011
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This is a superb book. I can strongly recommend it to all doctors, to medical students, to other clinical staff and to managers who have to try and make sense of the chaotic complexity of healthcare. Your practice of medicine will be safer and more effective as a result of reading the ideas contained in this book, and even more so if shared with colleagues, discussed and selectively and sensitively adopted. If you will accept this summary then buy this book now and get on with reading it.

That's a strong opening and I had better now justify it.

Reading this book felt like I was reading the book I should have read alongside basic medical textbooks such as Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Principles & Practice of Medicine (Davidson's))or Kumar and Clark Clinical Medicine. Sadly it was not written when I was a student (I graduated 1989) One of the author's key ideas is that doctors should devote as much energy to understanding the systems within which they work as they do to learning to understand the various biological systems they will be treating in their patients, and the longer I go on in medicine the more I am coming to agree with this perspective.

The ideas in this book have always been present within medicine, but they have developed and become a formal, organised and significant body of knowledge over the last twenty years or so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Editorial Coordinator on 14 Mar. 2012
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Recommended for all in health care because safety has always been an issue. Hippocrates declared `abstain from harming or wronging any man'. Recent shortcomings in the standard of nursing care with elderly patients in the National Health Service have exposed serious problems and a lack of management leadership and support. Patient safety potentially touches everyone.
Latrogenic disease is on an uptrend - long hospital admissions and complex procedures both lead to complications. The Bristol paediatric heart surgery scandal broke in 1995 and caused a public outcry, 29 children died and two doctors were struck off the medical register. The official enquiry in 1998 cost £14 million: the systematic analysis of failings showed a range of environmental and cultural factors leading to nearly 200 recommendations.
Now incidents are more frequently recognised. This book covers modern approaches such as the UK National Patient Safety Agency as well as other initiatives from the USA and Sweden.
Patient safety is not just about avoiding harm. It includes steps to prevent identifiable risks and improve the overall quality of care. Harm may be due to not providing effective treatment or insufficient monitoring e.g. of blood glucose in diabetics. Health care problems may arise from many sources: medication errors can result from poor handwriting, wrong drug and wrong route. The elderly are at especial risk due to the numbers of different medications and the increased potential for confusion. Neonates are very vulnerable and drug doses are critical. Doctors lacking relevant training or experience may misinterpret vital clinical signs.
Reporting and learning systems are essential so we can learn from mistakes. The UK `Yellow Card' system was set up in 1964 after the thalidomide tragedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Brack on 24 Mar. 2011
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Charles Vincent has long been in the forefront of those campaigning for greater patient safety, and has conducted considerable research into the subject. He has read widely, and knows as much as anyone - and a lot more than most - about it. This book summarises that lifetime of knowledge.

It is certainly comprehensive, and contains, in a structured format, a digest of all that he has written, leavened with his synopsis of the works of others. It therefore gives the reader a mammoth resource explaining work in this area. There is little relevant material that is not in here, though obviously the amount that is now being published annually means that it will soon be lacking important new material.

While it is well-written, it is rather prolix. A lot of sentences stretch beyond twenty words, and some occupy whole paragraphs. When considering a list of factors, each is explained in full before moving to the next. I would find it helpful to have the list at the front, because sometimes all you need are the top level points. Equally, there is a lot to be said for a short summary of a chapter at the end to help carry themes forward. While you can read a chapter in half an hour or so (there are 20 chapters occupying 401 pages, so chapters average 20 pages each) a certain level of concentration is needed to keep all the material in your brain and I am sure that by the end of a chapter I may well have forgotten a key point I read a few pages before.

Those considerations aside, it is to be recommended, particularly for students and newly-qualified health care professionals, who should pick up some very good habits if they pay attention to Professor Vincent.
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