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Vignettes in Patient Safety

Volume 2

Edited by Michael S. Firstenberg

William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance


Stanislaw P. Stawicki

St. Luke's University Health Network

Over the past two decades, the healthcare community increasingly recognized the importance and the impact of medical errors on patient safety and clinical outcomes. Medical and surgical errors continue to contribute to unnecessary and potentially preventable morbidity and/or mortality, affecting both ambulatory and hospital settings. The spectrum of contributing variables-ranging from minor errors that subsequently escalate to poor communication to lapses in appropriate protocols and processes (just to name a few)-is extensive, and solutions are only recently being described. As such, there is a growing body of research and experiences that can help provide an organized framework-based upon the best practices and evidence-based medical principles-for hospitals and clinics to foster patient safety culture and to develop institutional patient safety champions. Based upon the tremendous interest in the first volume of our Vignettes in Patient Safety series, this second volume follows a similar vignette-based model. Each chapter outlines a realistic case scenario designed to closely approximate experiences and clinical patterns that medical and surgical practitioners can easily relate to. Vignette presentations are then followed by an evidence-based overview of pertinent patient safety literature, relevant clinical evidence, and the formulation of preventive strategies and potential solutions that may be applicable to each corresponding scenario. Throughout the Vignettes in Patient Safety cycle, emphasis is placed on the identification and remediation of team-based and organizational factors associated with patient safety events. The second volume of the Vignettes in Patient Safety begins with an overview of recent high-impact studies in the area of patient safety. Subsequent chapters discuss a broad range of topics, including retained surgical items, wrong site procedures, disruptive healthcare workers, interhospital transfers, risks of emergency department overcrowding, dangers of inadequate handoff communication, and the association between provider fatigue and medical errors. By outlining some of the current best practices, structured experiences, and evidence-based recommendations, the authors and editors hope to provide our readers with new and significant insights into making healthcare safer for patients around the world.

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Vignettes in Patient SafetyVolume 2Edited by Michael S. Firstenberg

Published: January 10th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69032

ISBN: 978-953-51-3731-3

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-3730-6

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4076-4

Copyright year: 2018

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12658 Total Chapter Downloads

22 Crossref Citations

19 Web of Science Citations

33 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Developing Patient Safety Champions

By Julia C. Tolentino, Noel Martins, Joan Sweeney, Christine Marchionni, Pamela Valenza, Thomas C. McGinely, Thomas R. Wojda, Michael S. Firstenberg and Stanislaw P. Stawicki


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2. Effective Handoff Communication

By Jesse Clanton, Meghan Clark, Whitney Loggins and Robert Herron


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3. The Impact of Fatigue on Medical Error and Clinician Wellness: A Vignette-Based Discussion

By Philip Salen and Kenneth Norman


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4. Overcrowding in the Emergency Department and Patient Safety

By Donald Jeanmonod and Rebecca Jeanmonod


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5. Disruptive Physicians: How Behavior Can Undermine Patient Safety

By Leah Tatebe and Mamta Swaroop


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6. Interhospital Transfers: Managing Competing Priorities while Ensuring Patient Safety

By Joshua Luster, Franz S. Yanagawa, Charles Bendas, Christine L. Ramirez, James Cipolla and Stanislaw P. Stawicki


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7. Retained Foreign Body

By Jonathan F. Bean and Mamta Swaroop


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8. Wrong-Site Procedures: Preventable Never Events that Continue to Happen

By Andrew Lin, Brian Wernick, Julia C. Tolentino and Stanislaw P. Stawicki


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9. Exposure Keratopathy in the Intensive Care Unit: Do Not Neglect the Unseen

By Benjamin Bird, Stephen Dingley, Stanislaw P. Stawicki and Thomas R. Wojda


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10. Bedside Procedure: Retained Central Venous Catheter

By Maureen E. Cheung, Logan T. Mellert and Michael S. Firstenberg


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11. Psychometric Properties of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC): Findings from Greece

By Vasiliki Kapaki and Kyriakos Souliotis


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