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Vignettes in Patient Safety

Volume 4

Edited by Stanislaw P. Stawicki

St. Luke's University Health Network


Michael S. Firstenberg

William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance

Medical errors contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality across our healthcare institutions. Due to the increasing complexity of the modern medical practice, a perfect storm of regulatory, market, social, and technical factors, and other competing priorities, created an environment that is primed for patient safety lapses. The spectrum of contributing variables - ranging from minor errors that subsequently escalate, poor communication, and protocol/process non-compliance (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 on best practices and evidence-based medical principles - for healthcare organizations to develop, implement, and embrace. Based on the tremendous interest in the initial three volumes of our Vignettes in Patient Safety series, this fourth volume follows a similar model of outlining a patient safety case based on experiences that many clinicians can relate to, and then discusses various factors that may have contributed to a medical error, complication, and/or poor outcome. Building on a problem-based clinical vignette, each chapter then outlines an evidence-based approach to present any related literature, pertinent evidence, and potential contributing factors and solutions to common patient safety occurrences. By focusing on some of the best practices, structured experiences, and objective approaches to medical error genesis, the authors and editors hopefully can lend some insights into how we can make healthcare encounters for all patients, across all settings, better and safer.

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Vignettes in Patient SafetyVolume 4Edited by Stanislaw P. Stawicki

Published: September 18th 2019

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.75373

ISBN: 978-1-83962-202-1

Print ISBN: 978-1-83962-201-4

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83962-203-8

Copyright year: 2019

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4 Crossref Citations

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8 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Patient Safety is the Cornerstone of Modern Health-Care Delivery Systems

By Stanislaw P. Stawicki, Alyssa M. Green, Gary G. Lu, Gregory Domer, Timothy Oskin and Michael S. Firstenberg


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2. Patient Safety Culture in Portuguese Primary Care: Validation of the Portuguese Version of the Medical Office Survey

By Margarida Eiras, Ana Escoval and Carina Silva


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3. Communication in Surgery for Patient Safety

By Daniel Kinyuru Ojuka, Lydia Okutoyi and Frederick C. Otieno


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4. Fundamentals of Medical Radiation Safety: Focus on Reducing Short-Term and Long-Term Harmful Exposures

By Alex Alers, Philip Salen, Vikas Yellapu, Manish Garg, Charles Bendas, Nicholas Cardiges, Gregory Domer, Timothy Oskin, Jay Fisher and Stanislaw P. Stawicki


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5. The Anatomy of Medication Errors

By Vasiliki Kapaki


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6. Combating Alarm Fatigue: The Quest for More Accurate and Safer Clinical Monitoring Equipment

By James Nguyen, Kendra Davis, Giuseppe Guglielmello and Stanislaw P. Stawicki


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7. Dangers of Peripheral Intravenous Catheterization: The Forgotten Tourniquet and Other Patient Safety Considerations

By Parampreet Kaur, Claire Rickard, Gregory S. Domer and Kevin R. Glover


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8. Comprehensive and Live Air Purification as a Key Environmental, Clinical, and Patient Safety Factor: A Prospective Evaluation

By Stanislaw P. Stawicki, Chad Brisendine, Lee Levicoff, Frank Ford, Beverly Snyder, Sherrine Eid and Kathryn C. Worrilow


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