Catalogue


Epidemic of medical errors and hospital-acquired infections : systemic and social causes /
edited by William Charney.
imprint
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2012.
description
xiv, 342 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1420089293 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781420089295 (hardcover : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2012.
isbn
1420089293 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781420089295 (hardcover : alk. paper)
abstract
"'Do no harm' a particularly leading and important phrase in the delivery of healthcare is not working. In fact depending on the epidemiological approach and which data sets one applies, medical errors, hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and pharmaceutical errors combined are the second or third leading killer of Americans annually: approximately 300,000 die from a combination of medical errors, hospital acquired infections (HAIs), and pharmaceutical errors...100,000 per category. Add to these numbers the hundreds of thousands who are harmed (morbidity) but not killed (mortality) changing quality of life and a substantial problem is defined"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
8399580
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Reviews
Review Quotes
"… ground-breaking work … Once again, William Charney challenges the status quo and explores an uncharted field for improvements in American health care systems. Using a social science approach, William Charney brings together a broad range of experts on the aspects of medical errors and hospital acquired infections, including the hospital environment, technology, legal issues, nursing injury rates, and more, including personal stories from the front line. This look at why medical errors and hospital acquired infections occur is long over-due and will hopefully facilitate changes for improved quality of patient care in America." -Anne Hudson, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse, Coos County Public Health Dept. & Founder of Work Injured Nurses Group USA (WING USA), Oregon, USA "… very well informed and breaks finally the code of silence that has surrounded medical error and all the injuries it causes to patients in the US and Canada." -Jocelyn Villeneuve, senior Ergonomist, Asstsas, Canada
This item was reviewed in:
Reference & Research Book News, June 2012
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text explores the issues surrounding medical errors and examines the science behind possible solutions. It creates a more efficient dialogue that will produce a more systemic targeting of the causes of medical errors and HAIs.
Main Description
Medical error as defined in Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital-Acquired Infections: Systemic and Social Causesencompasses many categories including, but not limited to, medical error, hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, deaths from misdiagnosis, deaths from infectious diarrhea in nursing homes, surgical and post-operative complications, lethal blood clots in veins, and excessive radiation from CT scans. When the deaths from these categories are counted they become the leading cause of fatality to Americans, outpacing cancer and heart disease. Add the numbers of fatalities (mortality) to the millions each year who are injured (morbidity) and whose quality of life is forever effected, and an epidemic of harm is defined. The book describes the many systemic and social causes of medical error and iatrogenic events, all of which are cited in the peer-review science, that have a direct effect on the epidemic of patient injury, but are rarely or never considered. These systemic causes include factory medicine (for-profit medicine), staffing ratios in clinical and non-clinical departments, shift work, healthcare working conditions, lack of accountability, legal issues that conflict with patient safety issues, bullying and hierarchical relationships, training of healthcare workers that never rises to the level of risk, and injury to healthcare workers. The premise of the book is that if the systemic or social causes are not considered or changed, then medical error will continue to be an epidemic and no substantial impact in the numbers will be realized. An expert with 30 years of experience as a health and safety officer in healthcare and as an activist for community health and safety issues, editor and author William Charney explores the issues surrounding medical errors and examines the science behind possible solutions. He presents an efficient dialogue that produces a more systemic exploration and targeting of the causes of medical error and drives an exacting message: we are dealing with an epidemic of harm, and unless systemic issues are solved, little will change to subdue the epidemic. Information on the June 2012 Conference on the Epidemic of Medical Errors & Hospital Acquired Infections in the US and Canada: the Systemic Causes can be found on the CRC Press Issuu page.
Main Description
This book explores the issues surrounding medical errors and examines the science behind possible solutions. It creates an efficient dialogue that will produce a more systemic targeting of the causes of medical errors and hospital-acquired infections. The author elucidates current challenges, including the complex issues of money and ethics. He uses statistical data to build the case for systemic change and re-confirms the fact that millions of procedures done without error is as an important measuring figure as the numbers of mistakes. Information on the June 2012 Conference on the Epidemic of Medical Errors & Hospital Acquired Infections in the US and Canada: the Systemic Causes can be found on the CRC Press Issuu page.
Unpaid Annotation
"'Do no harm' a particularly leading and important phrase in the delivery of healthcare is not working. In fact depending on the epidemiological approach and which data sets one applies, medical errors, hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and pharmaceutical errors combined are the second or third leading killer of Americans annually: approximately 300,000 die from a combination of medical errors, hospital acquired infections (HAIs), and pharmaceutical errors...100,000 per category. Add to these numbers the hundreds of thousands who are harmed (morbidity) but not killed (mortality) changing quality of life and a substantial problem is defined"--
Main Description
This book explores the issues surrounding medical errors and examines the science behind possible solutions. It creates a more efficient dialogue that will produce a more systemic targeting of the causes of medical errors and HAIs. The author elucidates the problems, including the complex issues of money and ethics. He uses statistical data to build the case for systemic change and re-confirms that millions of procedures done without error is as an important measuring figure as are the numbers of mistakes.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem