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Ruskin KJ, Stiegler MP, Rosenbaum SH, eds. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2016. ISBN: 9780199366149.
Boston, MA: Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction; 2016.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health Care. Chicago, IL: American College of Surgeons. November 2012.
Some of the most prominent successes in the patient safety field have been achieved in preventing health care–associated infections. Sponsored by The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the American College of Surgeons, this effort used rigorous quality improvement methodology and a collaborative approach across seven participating hospitals to tackle the problem of surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery. The project was a remarkable success, achieving a 32% reduction in SSIs during the study period. The Center for Transforming Healthcare is also sponsoring efforts to prevent wrong-site surgery and improve hand hygiene and handoff communications.
Cambridge, MA: CRICO/RMF Strategies; 2010.
Analyzing data from 3300 surgical malpractice cases, this report describes errors across the continuum of surgical care.
Health Care Inspection. Washington, DC: VA Office of Inspector General; April 10, 2006. Report No. 06-01642-126.
This report shares the results of an inspection into two mistakes at a Veterans Affairs (VA) health facility involving appropriate sterilization of implantable medical devices.
Manuel BM, Nora PF, eds. Chicago, IL: American College of Surgeons; 2004. ISBN: 1880696169.
The editors of this multi-author primer provide non-clinical essays on a spectrum of patient safety issues of interest both to general safety practitioners and surgeons.