Avoiding Medical Errors

This book, written by a doctor and a lawyer, explains to everyday readers ways in which they can avoid death and injury caused by medical mistakes.

Avoiding Medical Errors

This book, written by a doctor and a lawyer, explains to everyday readers ways in which they can avoid death and injury caused by medical mistakes. It may be shocking to learn that preventable errors by doctor and hospital personnel are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States—perhaps even exceeding the annual deaths caused by heart disease and cancer. But avoiding these mistakes is possible, and the rules found in this book will arm readers against the careless errors that lead to such deaths and injuries. From hospitals to doctors’ offices, medical professionals are overwhelmed, overtired, even overworked and mistakes are sometimes unavoidable even with the best safety measures in place. A resident at the end of a 36-hour on-call stint may forget to wash her hands before performing a surgical procedure. A chart may be mismarked. Medications may be inaccurately listed. Test results may be inaccurately interpreted. But patients are in a position to help themselves and their medical caregivers to avoid these mistakes by taking more active and attentive part in their own healthcare. By being aware of the most common errors, patients can look for ways to ask questions, review information, even examine test results with a critical eye toward their own health and specific situations. Chris Landon and Robert Fox show them how.

Avoiding Medical Malpractice

Written by an MD/JD, this book offers a unique perspective on medical-legal issues surrounding daily clinical practice.

Avoiding Medical Malpractice

Written by an MD/JD, this book offers a unique perspective on medical-legal issues surrounding daily clinical practice. It covers all the essentials and tells the inside secrets of how to avoid cases that cost the medical community millions each year. Readers will learn basic law and the ways laws are interpreted. In addition, the book focuses on the law-medicine-politics triangle and its effect on physicians, the impact of — and issues related to — diversity in medical malpractice, and other essential topics. Physicians who better understand malpractice laws are better clinical decision makers who feel more confident in their ability as doctors.

Nothing about Me Without Me

Nothing About Me, Without Me is a riveting and informative self-help manual that can be referred to over and over again.

Nothing about Me Without Me

Nothing About Me, Without Me is a riveting and informative self-help manual that can be referred to over and over again. Everyday we are bombarded with news of disastrous medical errors. Often, these errors could have been avoided by effective medical professional process. Medical professionals are working hard to understand and prevent errors; but, we, as consumers of medical care, have a responsibility to ourselves and our loved ones to understand the medical system. We have a responsibility to do what we can to avoid errors, confusion or neglect regarding our own medical needs. Nothing About Me, Without Me addresses this need with an easy to understand approach to our everyday medical care experiences.

Avoiding Common Errors in the Emergency Department

This pocket book succinctly describes 400 errors commonly made by attendings, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the emergency department, and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding ...

Avoiding Common Errors in the Emergency Department

This pocket book succinctly describes 400 errors commonly made by attendings, residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in the emergency department, and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors. The book can easily be read immediately before the start of a rotation or used for quick reference on call. Each error is described in a short clinical scenario, followed by a discussion of how and why the error occurs and tips on how to avoid or ameliorate problems. Areas covered include psychiatry, pediatrics, poisonings, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, trauma, general surgery, orthopedics, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, renal, anesthesia and airway management, urology, ENT, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Diagnostic Principles and Applications

This book fills the need for a resource presenting important diagnostic facts that clinicians should have learned during their classroom lectures and subsequent clinical training, but often didn’t.

Diagnostic Principles and Applications

This book fills the need for a resource presenting important diagnostic facts that clinicians should have learned during their classroom lectures and subsequent clinical training, but often didn’t. The content will be literature-based information that can help the clinician avoid diagnostic errors. Most other diagnosis books on the market are either “physical diagnosis” texts targeting student readers or “differential diagnosis” books intended for use by practicing physicians, though both types of books aim to be comprehensive. What sets this book apart from other diagnosis books is that it is a curated collection of facts, tailored specifically to address common gaps in clinical knowledge and describe less-traveled pathways to important diagnostic destinations. This book focuses on high-impact techniques. Essential Diagnostic Facts Every Clinician Should Know contains: -Classical diagnostic pearls clinicians should have learned in physical diagnosis courses. For example, a patient with acute pericarditis may find that leaning forward relieves the pain. -Red flag symptoms of serious disease. For example, an infant that tastes salty when kissed might be the first clue to a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. -Pathognomonic signs allowing an occasional early diagnosis: For example, Koplik spots in a febrile child are found only with measles. -Plastic pearls exposed: For example, contrary to clinical lore, back pain at night has not been found to be a useful indicator for serious spinal pathology. -Counterintuitive clinical manifestations: For example, the patient with gout may have a normal or even low serum uric acid level during an acute attack. -Clinical manifestations that may point to uncommon diagnoses: For example, nocturnal bone pain, sometimes dramatically relieved by aspirin, characterizes osteoid osteoma.

Avoiding Common Nursing Errors

This handbook succinctly describes over 500 common errors made by nurses and offers practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors.

Avoiding Common Nursing Errors

This handbook succinctly describes over 500 common errors made by nurses and offers practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors. Coverage includes the entire scope of nursing practice—administration, medications, process of care, behavioral and psychiatric, cardiology, critical care, endocrine, gastroenterology and nutrition, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, pulmonary, preoperative, operative, and postoperative care, emergency nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatric nursing. The book can easily be read immediately before the start of a rotation or used for quick reference. Each error is described in a quick-reading one-page entry that includes a brief clinical scenario and tips on how to avoid or resolve the problem. Illustrations are included where appropriate.

The Patient s Guide to Preventing Medical Errors

Tips and Information in: The Patient's Guide to Preventing Medical Errors A
warning: The information in this book is NOT intended as medical advice. These
tips are intended only to be helpful and used as a commonsense approach and
guide ...

The Patient s Guide to Preventing Medical Errors

Moved by disabling and deadly medical errors in hospitals, this book describes the surprising extent of the problem, explains safety issues unknown to most consumers, and offers specific measures patients can take to avoid becoming a statistic.

Listening for What Matters

Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care covers ten years of research based on hundreds of recorded doctor visits, which revealed a widespread disregard of patients'individual context during diagnosis.

Listening for What Matters

Effective health care requires physicians tailor care to patients' individual life contexts, including their financial situation, social support, competing responsibilities, and cognitive abilities. Physicians, however, are poorly prepared to consider patients' lives when planning their care. The result is measurably harmful to individuals and costly to society. Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care covers ten years of empirical research based on hundreds of recorded doctor visits by patients and undercover actors alike, which revealed a widespread disregard of patients' individual circumstances and needs resulting in inappropriate care. These medical errors have been largely undocumented and unaddressed by the American healthcare system. This book tells the stories of patients whose care was compromised by inattention to individual context, and introduces novel methods for assessing the magnitude of the problem. It describes how these errors, termed "contextual errors," can be minimized through changes in how doctors are trained, how medicine is practiced and quality measured, and in the ways patients assert their needs during visits. The aim of this book is to open a dialog between patients, physicians, policy makers, and medical educators, about a serious quality problem that has been overlooked and understudied.

Preventing Medication Errors

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ERRORS BOX 4-10 Examples of Consumer Medication Safety Materials The
National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has developed
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Preventing Medication Errors

In 1996 the Institute of Medicine launched the Quality Chasm Series, a series of reports focused on assessing and improving the nation’s quality of health care. Preventing Medication Errors is the newest volume in the series. Responding to the key messages in earlier volumes of the seriesâ€"To Err Is Human (2000), Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001), and Patient Safety (2004)â€"this book sets forth an agenda for improving the safety of medication use. It begins by providing an overview of the system for drug development, regulation, distribution, and use. Preventing Medication Errors also examines the peer-reviewed literature on the incidence and the cost of medication errors and the effectiveness of error prevention strategies. Presenting data that will foster the reduction of medication errors, the book provides action agendas detailing the measures needed to improve the safety of medication use in both the short- and long-term. Patients, primary health care providers, health care organizations, purchasers of group health care, legislators, and those affiliated with providing medications and medication- related products and services will benefit from this guide to reducing medication errors.

Medication Errors

... know that errors happen, and they want their health care providers to develop
systems for avoiding medical errors. ... and refrain from discussing the system
elements that contributed to the error and steps that will be taken to avoid the
same ...

Medication Errors

In the second, expanded edition of the acclaimedMedication Errors(1999), Michael R. Cohen brings together some 30 experts from pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and risk management to provide the best, most current thinking about medication errors. Their contributions make this the most comprehensive, authoritative examination in print of the causes of medication errors and strategies to prevent them.Medication Errorsprovides the health care communityacute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory affairs, and academiawith practical guidance to make patients who take or receive medications safer.

Avoiding Common ICU Errors

This pocket book succinctly describes 318 errors commonly made by attendings, residents, interns, nurses, and nurse-anesthetists in the intensive care unit, and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors.

Avoiding Common ICU Errors

This pocket book succinctly describes 318 errors commonly made by attendings, residents, interns, nurses, and nurse-anesthetists in the intensive care unit, and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors. The book can easily be read immediately before the start of a rotation or used for quick reference on call. Each error is described in a short, clinically relevant vignette, followed by a list of things that should always or never be done in that context and tips on how to avoid or ameliorate problems. Coverage includes all areas of ICU practice except the pediatric intensive care unit.

Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine

The first section in this brand new guide discusses the causes of errors in adult medicine.

Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine

Some of the most important and best lessons in adoctor’s career are learnt from mistakes. However, anawareness of the common causes of medical errors and developingpositive behaviours can reduce the risk of mistakes andlitigation. Written for junior medical staff and consultants, and unlike anyother clinical management title available, Avoiding Errors inAdult Medicine identifies and explains the most common errorslikely to occur in an adult medicine setting - so that youwon’t make them. The first section in this brand new guide discusses the causes oferrors in adult medicine. The second and largest section consistsof case scenarios and includes expert and legal comment as well asclinical teaching points and strategies to help you engage in saferpractice throughout your career. The final section discusses how todeal with complaints and the subsequent potentialmedico-legal consequences, helping to reduce your anxiety whendealing with the consequences of an error. Invaluable during the Foundation Years, Specialty Training andfor Consultants, Avoiding Errors in Adult Medicine is theperfect guide to help tackle the professional and emotionalchallenges of life as a physician.

Avoiding Common Prehospital Errors

Written specifically for the prehospital emergency team, this essential volume in the Avoiding Common Errors Series combines evidence-based practice with well-earned experience and best practices opinion to help you avoid common errors of ...

Avoiding Common Prehospital Errors

Avoiding Common Prehospital Errors, will help you develop the deep understanding of common patient presentations necessary to prevent diagnostic and treatment errors and to improve outcomes. Providing effective emergency care in the field is among the most challenging tasks in medicine. You must be able to make clinically vital decisions quickly, and perform a wide range of procedures, often under volatile conditions. Written specifically for the prehospital emergency team, this essential volume in the Avoiding Common Errors Series combines evidence-based practice with well-earned experience and best practices opinion to help you avoid common errors of prehospital care. Look inside and discover... • Concise descriptions of each error are followed by insightful analysis of the “hows” and “whys” underlying the mistake, and clear descriptions of ways to avoid such errors in the future. • “Pearls” highlighted in the text offer quick vital tips on error avoidance based on years of clinical and field experience. • Focused content emphasizes "high impact" areas of prehospital medicine, including airway management, cardiac arrest, and respiratory and traumatic emergencies.

Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors

"This pocket book succinctly describes 154 errors commonly made in obstetrics and gynecology in all clinical settings and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors.

Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors

"This pocket book succinctly describes 154 errors commonly made in obstetrics and gynecology in all clinical settings and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors. Each error is described in a short, clinically relevant vignette, followed by a list of things that should always or never be done in that context and tips on how to avoid or ameliorate problems. Coverage includes all areas in obstetrics and gynecology that are tested on certification and recertification exams. The audience for this ob/gyn volume is potentially large and includes ob/gyn residents, practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and family medicine practitioners and residents"--Provided by publisher.

Avoiding Errors in General Practice

The first section in this brand new guide discusses the causes of errors in general practice.

Avoiding Errors in General Practice

Some of the most important and best lessons in a doctor’s career are learnt from mistakes. However, an awareness of the common causes of medical errors and developing positive behaviours can reduce the risk of mistakes and litigation. Written for Foundation Year doctors, trainees and general practitioners, and unlike any other clinical management title available, Avoiding Errors in General Practice identifies and explains the most common errors likely to occur in an outpatient setting - so that you won’t make them. The first section in this brand new guide discusses the causes of errors in general practice. The second and largest section consists of case scenarios and includes expert and legal comment as well as clinical teaching points and strategies to help you engage in safer practice throughout your career. The final section discusses how to deal with complaints and the subsequent potential medico-legal consequences, helping to reduce your anxiety when dealing with the consequences of an error. Invaluable during the Foundation Years, Specialty Training and for Consultants, Avoiding Errors in General Practice is the perfect guide to help tackle the professional and emotional challenges of life as a GP.

Avoiding Medical Malpractice

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Abram calls for every hospital patient to have a physician spokesman through
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Avoiding Medical Malpractice


Avoiding Errors in Radiology

Given their potential to cause suffering, disability, and in rare cases even death,
medical errors should not happen. But despite the best intentions, they cannot be
entirely avoided. Doctors are people, and as such they are affected by moods, ...

Avoiding Errors in Radiology

In Avoiding Errors in Radiology: Case-Based Analysis of Causes and PreventiveStrategies, the authors provide 118 real-life examples of interpretation errorsand wrong decisions from both diagnostic and interventional radiology. Ineach case, the authors discuss in detail the context in which the errors weremade, the resulting complications, and strategies for future prevention. Thecases are organized by body region, beginning with the cranium and thenmoving to cases of the breast, chest and abdomen, spinal column, musculoskeletaland vascular systems.Features: 118 case studies facilitate analysis and discussion of causes of errors andoffer preventive strategies to transfer into daily practice 956 high-quality images and explanatory drawings illustrate the cases andpinpoint errors of interpretation and in decision making Avoiding Errors in Radiology is a must-have reference for anyone involved ininterpreting images for diagnosis and in making decisions in interventionalradiology.It will provide a useful textbook for radiologists to browse through and we will all hopefully learn from their mistakes as well as the ones we make.--RAD Magazine

Avoiding Common Errors in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

This unique manual offers brief, approachable, evidence-based chapters suitable for reading immediately before the start of a rotation, for quick reference on call, or daily for personal assessment and review.

Avoiding Common Errors in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Conversational and easy to read, Avoiding Common Errors in Pediatric Emergency Medicine discusses 198 errors commonly made in the practice of pediatric emergency medicine and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these pitfalls. This unique manual offers brief, approachable, evidence-based chapters suitable for reading immediately before the start of a rotation, for quick reference on call, or daily for personal assessment and review. Covers nuanced topics specific to the care of children in the emergency setting, including treatment strategies, procedure competencies, distinct pathophysiology, and disease processes. Discusses the crashing patient, ultrasound and imaging, community and legal issues, applied practice, behavioral health, and medication/pharmacy topics. Summarizes each chapter with handy key points that present must-know information in an easy-access, bulleted format. Helps prevent clinical practice errors in the ED due to applying an adult management approach instead of a directed pediatric approach. Ideal for emergency medicine physicians, residents, and attendings; emergency nurse practitioners, PAs who practice in the ED, and pediatricians. Enrich Your eBook Reading Experience Read directly on your preferred device(s), such as computer, tablet, or smartphone. Easily convert to audiobook, powering your content with natural language text-to-speech.

Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors

Illustrations are included where appropriate. The book also includes important chapters on human factors, legal issues, CPT coding, and how to select a practice.

Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors

Describes common, serious errors made by attendings, residents, fellows, CRNAs, and practicing anesthesiologists in the practice of anesthesia and offers practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors. Each error is described in a quick-reading one-page entry that includes a brief clinical scenario, a short review of the relevant physiology and/or pharmacology, and tips on how to avoid or resolve the problem. Illustrations are included where appropriate. The book also includes important chapters on human factors, legal issues, CPT coding, and how to select a practice.

Medical Malpractice

This book provides an extensive overview of today's changed medical landscape as well as specific and practical ways to approach a medical malpractice case from the moment a potential plaintiff or defendant enters the door to the ...

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice guides lawyers who are intent on attaining compensation for the errors that can occur in today's evolving healthcare arena or who are engaged in defending a modern malpractice case. This book provides an extensive overview of today's changed medical landscape as well as specific and practical ways to approach a medical malpractice case from the moment a potential plaintiff or defendant enters the door to the announcement of the jury verdict.