Despite the extensive attention and public commitments towards patient safety over the last two decades, levels of avoidable harm in healthcare around the world remain unacceptably high.
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By creating a book with broad scope and clear descriptions of the key concepts and thinking in patient safety, the authors have aimed to connect with a much wider readership than those with a professional or academic interest in the subject.
They have not limited themselves to theoretical models or risk management methodologies. They have aimed to address safety in various medical specialties. For example, there is a discussion of the causation and solutions in conditions such as infantile cerebral palsy; today in many health systems this has a high human and economic cost, some of which are preventable.
They have also dealt with how the structure, culture and leadership of healthcare organisations can determine how many patients suffer avoidable harm and how safe they and their families should feel when putting their trust in local services. Safety problems relating to non-technical skills are also discussed; this is a topic of great importance but under-represented in medical and nursing educational and training curricula.