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Human Errors in Medicine

Jawahar (Jay) Kalra

University of Saskatchewan


Medical Error Human Error Adverse Event Harm Causes Quality and Safety

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When a mistake happens at work, what should you do? Do you look for who made the mistake and punish them? Or, do you work together to make sure it can’t happen again? If you make a mistake, do you report it, or do you keep it to yourself? In every industry, mistakes and errors can have grave consequences, and in medicine these consequences can be even more significant.

This book will discuss how the reporting of medical errors is changing. With real cases from health care and beyond, it will be shown that most errors don’t get reported and that they come from flaws in the system. Medical error disclosure around the world is shifting away from blaming people, to a no-fault model that seeks to improve the whole system of care. The error-disclosure policies in hospitals and other workplaces will also be presented.

The goal is to build a culture of safety; a culture where all team members can openly report their mistakes, and work together to continually improve the quality of patient care. By looking at health care under a microscope, it will be shown how bringing errors out into the open can improve everyone's daily work as well. 

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Date completed: August 21st 2019

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Deadline for chapter proposals: February 20th 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: April 20th 2020

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Review results due: July 9th 2020

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Expected publication date: September 7th 2020

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About the editor

Jawahar (Jay) Kalra

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS, CCPE - Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra is an award-winning clinical researcher, educator, healthcare provider, academic leader, and community builder. He is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and has served as Department Head of Pathology and Department Head of Laboratory Medicine in the Saskatoon Health region. Dr. Kalra received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in biochemistry and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He completed his residency training in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK. Dr. Kalra is a pioneer in the Canadian medical profession and is considered one of Canada’s leading medical biochemists/chemical pathologists. He has gained international acclaim for his role in laboratory medicine reorganization and his innovative research in variety of fields of biomedical and diagnostic importance. Dr. Kalra is author of a book entitled 'Medical Errors and Patient Safety – Strategies to Reduce and Disclose Medical Errors and Improve Patient Safety.” He has been a champion in establishing a non-punitive 'no-fault model” to address clinical/medical errors, and in developing educational programs and clinical guidelines reflecting evidence-based medicine. He is a recipient of several research grants and has more than 100 published articles and 250 research abstracts to his credit. Dr. Kalra has served as national president of numerous medical associations and scientific societies, including the Canadian Association of Medical Biochemists, the Intersociety Council of Laboratory Medicine of Canada, the Canadian Chairs of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the Canadian Association of Pathologists. He also has served as council member of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, on the board of directors of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, as a member of the Council on Health Policy and Economics, Canadian Medical Association and of the Legislative Committee, Saskatchewan Medical Association. The impact of Dr. Kalra’s professional, community and volunteer contributions has been recognized through many awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Saskatchewan Centennial Leadership Award, the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Achievement Award in Clinical Research, and the CTV 2015 Saskatoon Citizen of the Year Award.

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