This second edition of Error Reduction in Health Care: A Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety provides a thorough review of the concepts, analyses, and premises commonly identified
in the science of patient safety. However, this textbook is not just a dry compendium
of theoretical approaches; it contains an extensive collection of forms, scoring matrices,
case studies, and other tools to assist in the operational implementation of error-reduction
strategies. The list of authors is quite impressive: 19 authors with varied backgrounds
and expertise, including nursing, medicine, social psychology, human factors and reliability,
health policy, quality management, and risk management. Although the book has no input
from the regulatory perspective, regulators could use it as a primer in gaining a
broad overview of the science of patient safety. More importantly, this textbook can
assist boards of nursing (BONs) with identifying and promoting proactive, rather than
reactive, strategies. Having BONs develop strategies to prevent, as well as remediate,
errors is an important goal, and this textbook provides the groundwork for these strategies.
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