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"60 Minutes." CBS News Video. March 16, 2008.
This news video features an interview with Dennis and Kimberly Quaid discussing the dangers of medical errors in the context of a near fatal heparin overdose of their twin infants at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Marsh H. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books; 2015. ISBN: 9781250065810.
This intensely personal memoir by the famed British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is no hagiography or recitation of his many accomplishments. Instead, Marsh relates many errors he has committed or witnessed, and the personal toll these errors have taken on his patients and himself. He recreates these stories in vivid detail, acknowledging the effect that his own emotional state had on committing both cognitive and technical errors. Marsh was inspired to write this book in part by reading the work of Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize–winning psychologist whose research established the mechanisms by which humans commit cognitive errors. Along with Atul Gawande's Complications, this book stands as an essential human perspective on error in medicine.
Kliff S. Vox Media. March 15, 2016.
Health professionals involved in medical errors experience psychological stress, which can have serious consequences if they are unable to cope with their mistake. Reporting on the second victim phenomenon, this news article discusses a well-known incident that led to the suicide of a nurse, how insufficient organizational and peer support systems affect clinicians, initiatives to provide counseling in similar situations, and the need for more universal change.
Martin N, Montagne R. ProPublica and National Public Radio. May 12, 2017.
Maternal mortality is increasing in the United States. This news article reports on this critical safety problem in the context of the preventable death of a patient whose diagnosis of preeclampsia was missed by her providers, despite persistent concerns raised by family about the patient's symptoms.
Cullen A. Uitgeverij van Brug: The Hague, The Netherlands; 2019. ISBN: 9789065232236.
Patient stories offer important insights regarding the impact medical errors have on patients and their families. This book shares the author's experience with medical error and spotlights how lack of transparency in European health care can contribute to avoidable process failures that result in patient harm.