Investigating Patient Safety


Gloria Hale (Editor)

Series: Safety and Risk in Society
BISAC: HEA028000

Investigating Patient Safety opens with a summary on the main theories representative of human error, such as: “Bad Apples Theory”, “Normal Accident Theories” and “High Reliability Organizations Theory”.

Following this, the authors define mistakes in the diagnostic process, identifying their major causes and suggesting several principles for optimal, bias-free diagnoses.

Evidence is presented which supports the idea that the Common Assessment Framework is a total quality management tool that public organizations can use for free for their self-assessment, aiming to improving their administrative capacity and services without having to ask for support from external sources.

An analytical exploration of patient advocacy related to patient safety and the concept of a “Theory-Practice-Ethics gap” is presented, reinforcing the importance of their synonymous relationship for trustworthy healthcare practices.

The concluding chapter proposes that inline fluid warming devices must employ the safest technology to ensure patients are not exposed to additional risks during the active warming of infused fluids.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Error as a Parameter of Healthcare Quality
(Vasiliki Kapaki, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece)

Chapter 2. Pursuing Patient Safety through Researching and Reducing Diagnostic Errors and Applying a Systematic Approach to Diagnosis
(Ami Schattner, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel)

Chapter 3. The Implementation of the Common Assessment Framework in Public Healthcare Organizations: Improving Patient Safety through Improvement of Organizational Performance
(Stella Korouli, Vasiliki Kapaki and Adamantia Egglezopoulou, MSc, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 4. Patient Safety without Patient Advocacy Is Improbable, as They Are Synonymous: Is There a Theory-Practice-Ethics Gap?
(Manfred Mortell, PhD, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, Malaysia)

Chapter 5. Air Embolism and Hypothermia Associated with Intravenous Fluid Therapy: Risk Management Considerations
(Nickolas A. MacDougall and Mark E. Comunale, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA, US, and others)


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