Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals

How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care From the Inside Out

eBook - 2010
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The inspiring story of how a leading innovator in patient safety found a simple way to save countless lives.

First, do no harm-doctors, nurses and clinicians swear by this code of conduct. Yet in hospitals and doctors' offices across the country, errors are made every single day - avoidable, simple mistakes that often cost lives. Inspired by two medical mistakes that not only ended in unnecessary deaths but hit close to home, Dr. Peter Pronovost made it his personal mission to improve patient safety and make preventable deaths a thing of the past, one hospital at a time.

Dr. Pronovost began with simple improvements to a common procedure in the ER and ICU units at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Creating an easy five-step checklist based on the most up-to-date research for his fellow doctors and nurses to follow, he hoped that streamlining the procedure itself could slow the rate of infections patients often died from.

But what Dr. Pronovost discovered was that doctors and nurses needed more than a checklist: the day-to-day environment needed to be more patient-driven and staff needed to see scientific results in order to know their efforts were a success. After those changes took effect, the units Dr. Pronovost worked with decreased their rate of infection by 70%.

Today, all fifty states are implementing Dr. Pronovost's programs, which have the potential to save more lives than any other medical innovation in the past twenty-five years. But his ideas are just the beginning of the changes being made by doctors and nurses across the country making huge leaps to improve patient care. In Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals , Dr. Pronovost shares his own experience, anecdotal stories from his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and other hospitals that have made his approach their own, alongside comprehensive research-showing readers how small changes make a huge difference in patient care.

Inspiring and thought provoking, this compelling book shows how one person with a cause really can make a huge difference in our lives.
Publisher: [New York] : Plume, 2010.
ISBN: 9781101185278
9781101180464
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 15, 2014

When I first heard this doctor in an interview, then read his book, I simply could not believe it! I was completely stupified at the level of abject incompetence in this venue! Unbelievable! But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as we now observe during October of 2014, when the nurses' union exposed the incredible shortcomings of the hospital administration and doctors at Texas Presbytarian Hospital in Dallas, for their absolutely irresponsible lack of initiating the proper protocols when dealing with Ebola patients. Checklists? I've been using them all my life, ever since I had to while in the US military!

gwsuperfan Sep 06, 2010

This is a powerful, well-written book about how simple changes to the healthcare culture can have a meaningful impact on patient safety. On a higher level, it is a reinforcement of the idea that innovation frequently occurs when the lessons and techniques of one industry or field are applied to another.

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