Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Contemporary Topics in Patient Safety - Volume 1

Stanislaw P. Stawicki

St. Luke's University Health Network


Michael S. Firstenberg

The Medical Center of Aurora

Vikas Yellapu

St. Luke’s University Health Network


Safety Matrix Clinical Competency Evidence-Based Learning and Self-Improvement Clinical Systems Medical Education Graduate Medical Education Nursing Education Medical School and Internship Healthcare Quality Quality Improvement Quality Improvement Cycle Patient Advocacy

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More than a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine released its famous report To Err Is Human, which set an ambitious agenda for the world to reduce the number of patients harmed by medical errors and preventable adverse events. In response, a number of new initiatives were launched including electronic medical records, limiting resident and faculty work hours, and implementation of evidence-based care bundles. Additionally, federal agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality established funding for patient safety research and helped to develop patient safety organizations and a set of nationally vetted Patient Safety Goals via the National Quality Forum. Much of this work was focused on mitigating the risk of the human element.

This “call to arms” has had various successes, including the passing of legislative bills intended to increase public reporting of medical errors, and a paradigm shift allowing public support of the concept that most patient injuries are a result of system failures and not “bad doctoring. Unfortunately our progress in actually reducing patient harm has not been as successful as initially hoped for, with a reported one in three patients harmed during their healthcare encounters.

The proposed project is designed to cover patient safety and related topics. An evidence-based, practical guide to patient safety will be supplemented by detailed reviews of healthcare operations, finance, medico-legal, and psycho-social aspects of patient safety and allied topics. Pertinent human and team factors will be discussed in depth. Given the tremendous success of the original patient safety series by this editorial team, we expect that this new, evidence-based series will easily meet or exceed the caliber of the original book cycle.

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Date completed: June 9th 2020

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Review results due: November 17th 2020

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Expected publication date: January 16th 2021

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About the editor

Stanislaw P. Stawicki

St. Luke's University Health Network

Stanislaw P. Stawicki, MD, MBA, FACS, FAIM, is Chair of the Department of Research of Innovation, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Stawicki has edited more than sixteen books on the topics of clinical research, graduate medical education, medical leadership, critical care, and patient safety. He is a member of multiple editorial boards and has coauthored nearly 600 publications. He has given multiple scientific presentations on four continents and is board certified in general surgery, surgical critical care, and neurocritical care.

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